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Hurricane Physics

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Date and time Mar 08, 2007
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Paul Kushner

Kerry Emanuel

Hurricanes are nearly perfect examples of heat engines, driven by an evaporative enthalpy flux from the ocean to the atmosphere, and operating over a temperature differential of more than 100 K between the sea surface and the storm top. I will demonstrate that the thermodynamic cycle of a mature hurricane is very close to that of Carnot's maximally efficient cycle, and go on to talk about the physics of the genesis and intensification of hurricanes, focusing on remaining problems.

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