COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Fresh water breathes fresh life into hurricanes
Description: An analysis of a decade's worth of tropical cyclones shows that when hurricanes blow over ocean regions swamped by fresh water, the conditions can unexpectedly intensify the storm. Although the probability that hurricanes will hit such conditions is small, ranging from 10 to 23 percent, the effect is potentially large: Hurricanes can become 50 percent more intense. [Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory]
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Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Reading Level: Basic
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