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Hurricane heat engines

A hurricane's path is quite easy to forecast, but its intensity is not. A new model, which takes into account the interaction of the storm and ocean-surface temperature, gives remarkably accurate retrospective simulations.

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Figure 1: Tropical storms as thermodynamic engines.


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Willoughby, H. Hurricane heat engines. Nature 401, 649–650 (1999).

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