The thermodynamics of a hurricane over land

14 Jun 2021

Once a hurricane moves over land, it loses its moisture supply so the air contains less moisture. Air must rise further before it reaches a temperature where it can no longer hold the level of water vapor. The vapor therefore condenses and releases heat as a higher point, shrinking the warm core to the upper half of the hurricane, while the rising air forms a cold core at the bottom. Professor Pinaki Chakraborty and Dr. Lin Li studied the thermodynamics of landfalling hurricanes as part of a study in Physical Review Fluids.

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