Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 8: Tropical Cyclones

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 8: Tropical Cyclones
At the end of this chapter, you should understand and be able to:
  • Describe tropical cyclone global climatology (where and when they form, where most form, least, or none form)
  • Identify distinguishing features of tropical cyclones (eye, eyewall, spiral bands, surface inflow, upper outflow)
  • Identify inner core features such as eye-wall vortices
  • Describe ingredients needed for formation or genesis (including subtropical genesis)
  • Define the stages of a tropical cyclone lifecycle (wave, depression, tropical storm, tropical cyclone, severe tropical cyclone, decay)
  • Using satellite remote sensing, describe how you could detect changes in intensity of tropical cyclones
  • Describe the links found between inner core dynamics and changes in cyclone structure and intensity
  • Describe the mechanisms that influence tropical cyclone motion from its precursor tropical wave to its landfall in a midlatitude continent
  • Describe various mechanisms that lead to extratropical transition
  • Describe the hazards of tropical cyclones particularly those at landfall (storm surge, heavy rain and floods, strong winds, tornadoes, ocean waves) and understand the basic mechanisms for each type of hazard