HMC Physics Colloquium
Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460
Michael T. Montgomery
Naval Postgraduate School
April 6, 2021
To forecast tropical cyclones, or to determine possible changes in their climatology as a result of global warming, we need a conceptual model of how tropical cyclones work.
- How do tropical cyclones form, intensity, and decay?
- Why do these storms sometimes intensify rapidly, surprising tropical forecasters in charge of protecting life and property for communities affected by these life-threatening storms?
- What conceptual models are available to address the questions?
In this talk I will briefly review tropical cyclone structure and present new developments on the fluid dynamics of these storms that help answer these questions.