Characteristics of Hurricanes

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Science  22 Sep 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3795, pp. 1389-1399
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3795.1389


Tropical cyclones derive their energy from the release of latent heat of condensation; they have been compared to simple heat engines (6), although they are not very efficient ones since only about 3 percent or less of the heat released within the cyclone is converted into kinetic energy. Tropical cyclones are warm-core, direct circulations in the sense that ascent takes place at warmer temperatures than does descent, thus converting heat energy into potential energy and potential energy to kinetic energy.