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Eye of a Storm and Phonetic Alphabet.
09-13-2004, 02:42 PM
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Eye of a Storm and Phonetic Alphabet.
I have two questions which I've lumped in one thread:
(a)I've just learned that air rises in the eye of a hurricane. Explain this to me. I thought that a hurricane is accompanied by a weak high pressure above it, causing air to sink. Also rising air causes condensation, but the eye is clear. So explain the dynamics of the hurricane's structure re rising and sinking airs. Thanks.

(b) I've also just learned that in the Atlantic basin if more than 21 named storms develop in one season, the phonetic alphabet will be used. So how can this be applied orally? Is the 22d storm going to be named "ae dipthong"?
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09-14-2004, 10:12 AM (This post was last modified: 09-14-2004 12:00 PM by Baubguy.)
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Eye of a Storm and Phonetic Alphabet.
a) The cause of the cloud free region of the hurricane is not fully understood, it's hypothesized a combination of dynamically forced centrifuging of mass out of the eye into the eyewall and to a forced descent caused by the moist convection of the eyewall. I found a good source for the answer here ...

b) And if we ever have a year with more than 21 named storms, we will use the Greek Alphabet, the 22nd storm will be named Alpha followed by Beta, Gama, Delta and so on. I have no idea what they would do when they decide to retire a Greek letter Hurricane...I guess if they did they they would skip that letter next time we reach it. We most likely will never see 22 named storms in one season, maybe in 100 years when Global warming has melted all the Ice caps and we start getting CAT 5 storms in Jan. But unlikely.

Howard Cordingley
USAF Weather Forecaster/Observer
Mannheim Germany

"If you ever reach total enlightenment while you're drinking a beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. " Jack Handy :beer:
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09-14-2004, 01:22 PM
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Eye of a Storm and Phonetic Alphabet.
Wouldn't Gobal warming cause a decrease in hurricanes, water is not the only factor that effects hurricane devlopment. I would think that Gobal Warming would cause the tropics to have more wind shear, because of the increase in the temp contrast over land and water. Just some thoughts, don't want to be a pain!
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09-14-2004, 02:00 PM (This post was last modified: 09-14-2004 02:02 PM by Baubguy.)
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Eye of a Storm and Phonetic Alphabet.
Jason234 Wrote:Wouldn't Gobal warming cause a decrease in hurricanes, water is not the only factor that effects hurricane devlopment. I would think that Gobal Warming would cause the tropics to have more wind shear, because of the increase in the temp contrast over land and water. Just some thoughts, don't want to be a pain!

I was being sarcastic with that last part...going along with all the fear people have about global warming...and also making fun of the movie Day After Tomorrow.

Howard Cordingley
USAF Weather Forecaster/Observer
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