TITLE

Vortical Swirls in Hurricane Eye Clouds

AUTHOR(S)
Kossin, James P.; McNoldy, Brian D.; Schubert, Wayne H.
PUB. DATE
December 2002
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Dec2002, Vol. 130 Issue 12, p3144
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A collection of images depicting various swirling patterns within low-level cloud decks in hurricane eyes is presented and described. A possible causal mechanism for the presence of these cloud patterns is suggested by comparison of the observed cloud patterns with the evolution of passive tracers in a simple 2D barotropic model. The model is initialized with a barotropically unstable flow field that imitates the observed flows in hurricanes, and numerical integration of this field simulates vigorous mixing between eye and eyewall. During the mixing process, passive tracers initially embedded in the flow form swirling patterns in the eye that are strikingly similar to cloud patterns often observed in the eyes of hurricanes.
ACCESSION #
8505241

 

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