Storm Structure and Mesoscale Dynamics

3D image of Hurricane Bonnie showing eye wall and hot tower structures.

Seeing Through the Clouds

Satellites allow us to observe changes in the precipitation structure over the life cycle of a storm, even over ocean and regions where conventional data are sparse. In particular, we now have insights into the dynamics of a storm, such as how the eye of a hurricane stays stable as the storm moves across the Earth’s surface, and how tropical cyclones intensify through the presence of “hot tower” structures.

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