METR 5413: Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (University of Oklahoma)

    Isentropic Potential Vorticity Diagnosis for Hurricane Rita     

Figure 1: Hurricane Rita as a Category 3 storm on September 23, 2005 at 2000 UTC. Image courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

Figure 2: Total rainfall during Hurricane Rita’s lifetime. This image was produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC)

Figure 3: : Isentropes (interval 5 K) and winds (m/s) on the dynamic tropopause (1.5 potential vorticity units surface) for a) September 16 2005, 1200 UTC b) September 18 2005, 18 UTC c) September 23 2005, 1200 UTC, and d) September 26 2005 1800 UTC.


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