Question

**11.8 **In hurricanes, the law of conservation of angular momentum can be approximated by the

following relationship:

wind speed ∗ √(distance from center) = constant

In other words, the product of the wind speed (in km/hr) and the square root of the distance from the center of the storm (in km) is a constant. Suppose that the wind speed 150 km from the center of a hurricane is 40 km/hr.

A.To conserve angular momentum, what must the wind speed be 75 km from the center? 15 km? 2 km?

B.Suppose that the strongest winds are measured at a distance of 12 km from the center of the hurricane. Based solely on the conservation of angular momentum, what would the wind speed be at this location? What is this hurricane's category on the Saffir-Simpson scale?

C.What aspect of a hurricane's wind field is this approximation unable to represent properly? Explain your answer.

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