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Haiyan intensified by energy of deeper warmer waters

Deep, Warm Water Fuels Haiyan Intensification
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NOAA, November 7, 2013
Deep, Warm Water Fuels Haiyan Intensification

The intensification of Super Typhoon Haiyan is being fueled by "ideal" environmental 
conditions - namely low wind shear and warm ocean temperatures. Maximum sustained 
winds are currently at 195 mph, well above the Category 5 classification used for 
Atlantic and East Pacific hurricanes. 

Plotted here is the average Tropical Cyclone Heat 

Potential product for October 28 - November 3, 2013, taken directly from NOAA View
This dataset, developed by NOAA/AOMLshows the total amount of heat energy 
available for the storm to absorb, not just on the surface, but integrated through 
the water column. Deeper, warmer pools of water are colored purple, though any 
region colored from pink to purple has sufficient energy to fuel storm intensification. 
The dotted line represents the best-track and forecast data as of 16:00 UTC on 
November 7, 2013.

To explore this data in NOAA View, select Ocean>>Temperature>>Heat Content>>

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