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Fuel for Cyclones: Quantification of Ocean‐Atmosphere Energy Exchange during Tropical Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal Using Indian Ocean Moored Observatories

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Based on the in-situ subsurface thermal and salinity measurements from the Ocean Moored Buoy Network for Northern Indian Ocean (OMNI) during the passage of very severe tropical cyclones (TCs) in the Bay of Bengal, we have identified that the depth of ocean‐atmosphere interaction is limited by the depth of the pycnocline. During the TC Vardha and Phailin with cyclone-period-averaged wind speeds of 8 and 21 m/s, respectively, the maximum possible rates of water-vapor generation during the cyclone period, computed based on the salinity changes and considering precipitation, are 1.0 and 9.3 kg/m2/h, respectively. For the same wind speeds, based on the ocean heat content (OHC) changes, it is quantified that ~78% and 89% of the OHC changes are in the form of latent heat. The real-time availability of the in-situ subsurface parameters can be used in the ocean-atmosphere coupled models and intensification studies.
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Keywords: OMNI buoy; ocean heat content; salinity; tropical cyclones

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2020

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