Hurricanes > Lab 8: Hot Water and Hurricanes

Hot Water and Hurricanes

Introduction

Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential in the Gulf of Mexico on August 26, 2005

What is the ocean's role in powering hurricanes? Why do some storms experience rapid intensification, a rapid increase of wind speeds, as they move over warm waters? Why do the storms become weaker once they move onto land?

In this lab, you'll use Hurricane Katrina as a case study to explore where the power to fuel its winds and rains came from. You'll look at visualizations of sea surface temperature and sea surface height to understand how this energy is available to hurricanes.

After completing this investigation, you should be able to:


Keeping Track of What You Learn

Throughout these labs, you will find two kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which answers you should record and turn in.

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