Unformatted text preview: tries to slide in underneath it and develops curvature and creates low pressure. Air keeps rushing in and the curvature becomes pronounced at the low pressure point and all the air starts moving in to and picks up water from ocean.-need a lot of warm humid air What fuels hurricanes and typhoons?-fundamental process is storage and release of latent heat-evaporating water tores vast latent heat of evaporation-condensing water in clouds (rain) releases that latent -Tropical Cyclone Structure-up to 1000 km in diameter up to 15 km tall-eye: calm center 13-16 km in diameter, no clouds-Saffir-simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity-Category:-1 winds: 74-94 mph-2 winds: 96-110 mph-wind speed increases, scale goes up-Destructiveness of hurricanes and typhoons-high winds-intense rainfall-flooding-landslides-flooding by storm surge: the real cause of most damage-Deadliest Hurricane in US history was: Galveston Hurricane 1900...
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- Spring '12
- Tropical cyclone, Warm humid air, Cold air, low pressure, warm ocean water, hurricane intensity