Hurricane Heat Engine
By: Ichha Lamichhane and Anisha Raju
Overview of 2005 hurricane season
Where do hurricanes occur?
How are hurricanes categorized?
To examine authentic sea surface temperature data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface
Is there evidence of a change in sea surface temperature (SST) in the data maps? Explain what the evidence of change in SST is.
Describe the change between the hurricane passage and the effect on SST?
Explain the effect on the temperature in your line plot after the hurricane passed?
After the hurricane passed, the temperature fell drastically and now the temperature was around 25 degrees Celsius. The ocean was getting colder and colder. After a couple of days, the temperature started getting a little bit hotter but never went up as high as what it started as.
How long did it take for the SST to return to the previous temperature?
The SST never returned to its previous temperature. The temperature started to go up, but it never returned to more than 29 degrees Celsius, which was the previous temperature. It went up a couple degrees majorly but then started going down again.
#1 What conclusions can you make about how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean?
Heat is transferred from the ocean to the atmosphere and when it does this, it causes the ocean to cool slightly. The heat transferred from the ocean is stored in water vapor. When winds come together and the hurricane starts to form, the added heat from the ocean makes it rise and get bigger. During a hurricane, the heat energy from the ocean evens out the other factors of the hurricane.