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Lecture With Prof. Nick Shay - Oceanic Impacts During Hurricane Passage

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
DoubleTree Hotel Palm Beach Gardens
4431 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
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Atmosphere-ocean models to predict hurricane intensity and structure change are being used to issue forecasts to the public who increasingly rely on the most advanced weather forecasting systems to prepare for landfall. Early studies have emphasized the negative feedback between hurricane and the ocean due to the cold wake. The extent of this sea surface cooling is a function of wind-forced, upper ocean current changes, which in turn cools and deepens the mixed layer by mixing warm water in the upper layer with cooler and deeper water from the seasonal thermocline.


Most of these early studies did not consider the relative importance of deep warm ocean layers associated with Caribbean Current, Loop Current, Florida Current, Gulf Stream and the warm eddy field. When hurricanes encounter these more positive feedback areas (that surround the State of Florida) they often intensify into severe status defined as category 3 or above.


Learn about recent advances using satellite, aircraft and buoy data to examine the oceanic role in intensity changes including rapid intensity change during the trifecta in 2005 (e.g., Katrina, Rita and Wilma) and the new innovative plans for future measurements and models.


This event is sponsored by the Alumni Club of Palm Beach County and the UM Alumni Association.

Special thanks to the DoubleTree Hotel for their generous support.


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