HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Michael T. Montgomery

Naval Postgraduate School

The Dynamics of Tropical Cyclogenesis and Intensification

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.