Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones

Where do hurricanes get their energy?

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2017-05-18 00:17:59
2017-05-18 00:17:59

Condensation of large amounts of water vapor.

Tropical cyclones derive their energy from the release of latent heat that is the result of condensation. The warmer the water below the cyclone is, the more heat energy is available. To reach hurricane strength a tropical cyclone need to utilize a lot of heat energy around its core. Thus the water temperatures need to be at least about 80 degrees F or their is usually not enough heat energy available to attain hurricane strength.

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Earth's climate system has been likened to a machine that converts and distributes solar energy. Because the Tropics get most of the sun's heat, the resulting temperature imbalance sets the atmosphere in motion. Earth's daily rotation causes this mass of moving, moist air to form eddies, some becoming depressions, or areas of low atmospheric pressure. Depressions, in turn, may develop into storms.

If you observe the general path of tropical storms, you will notice that they tend to move away from the equator-either north or south-toward cooler regions. In doing so, storms also serve as massive heat exchangers, helping to moderate the climate. But when the temperature in the upper level of the ocean-the "boiler room" of the climate machine-exceeds about 80 degrees Fahrenheit [27ร‚ยฐC], tropical storms may acquire enough energy to become cyclones, hurricanes, or typhoons-regional names for essentially the same phenomena.

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