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Hurricanes’ effects on ocean temperature revisited

Thu December 23rd, 2010
Morgan Bettex - MIT News Office
Mixing of ocean layers by tropical cyclones may have less effect on climate than previously thought, new research reveals: Most of the heat from the warm water that hurricanes mix deep into the oceans during the summer and early fall is returned to the atmosphere in the winter, meaning these “warm anomalies” don’t appear to affect the long-term state of the oceans, according to a paper published Feb. 10 in Geophysical Research Letters by Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, graduate student Malte F. Jansen, and undergraduate student Todd Mooring.

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