Hurricane intensification may be related to eyewall precipitation
http://www.agu.org/news/press/jhighlight_archives/2005/jh051111.html#3

Kelley et al., AGU


This resource provides an abstract. The authors used weather surveillance radars along the United States coast to study the frequency of tall precipitation in order to quantify the relationship between hurricane wind intensification and tall precipitation cells along hurricane eyewalls. Their analysis showed that if the frequency of tall precipitation in the eyewall is at least 33 percent then there was an 82 percent chance that hurricane winds will intensify. If this threshold was not met, the chance of wind intensification dropped to 17 percent. The authors suggest that this height-frequency threshold could aid forecasters during future hurricane seasons.


Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work:AGU Highlights
Special Interest: Hazards