Accession Number : AD0777971

Title :   1973 Variations of Hurricane Heat Potential in the Philippine Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Shuman,Paul Dennis ; Leipper,Dale F.

Report Date : MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The 1973 summer growth of hurricane heat potential (HHP) and its relation to tropical cyclones was studied in the Philippine Sea and the Gulf of Mexico on a monthly basis. BT information was processed through the Fleet Numerical Weather Central CDC 6500 computer to output maps of HHP, which were hand contoured. Inadequate data coverage and questionable BT observations resulted in monthly maps of varying validity and areal extent. HHP values peaked near 35,000 cal/sq cm-column in the Gulf of Mexico and 40,000 cal/sq cm-column in the Philippine Sea in the months of August and September, the months of highest tropical storm activity. Some evidence was found correlating rises in HHP with increases in typhoon maximum wind speed. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Hurricanes, *Ocean surface, *Mexico Gulf, *Air water interactions, Surface temperature, Bathythermograph data, Computer programs, Wind velocity, Seasonal variations, Heating, Pacific Ocean, Advection, Theses

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE