Hurricanes As Heat Engines
From NASA My NASA Data
In this lesson, students will examine a historical Category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Rita, that crossed the Gulf of Mexico during September 18-24, 2005. First, they will use the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server to obtain sea surface temperature (SST) data maps of the Gulf of Mexico. Then, they will construct a time series of SST data (line plot) for a location within the path of the hurricane where a drop in SST is observed. Students will gain an understanding of how hurricanes gain energy from the ocean surface.
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This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-064
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Contact: Dr Lin Chambers