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Possible improvements to hurricane forecasting

July 15, 2014
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MAIMI, FL — New research out of University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is suggesting that physical conditions at the air-sea interface, or where the ocean and atmosphere meet, is a key component to improve forecast models, according to Laboratory Equipment.

The study offers a new method to aid in storm intensity prediction of hurricanes, the article stated.

"The general assumption has been that the large density difference between the ocean and atmosphere makes that interface too stable to effect storm intensity," says Brian Haus, UM Rosenstiel School professor of ocean sciences and co-author of the study.

"In this study we show that a type of instability may help explain rapid intensification of some tropical storms," Haus added.

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