Tropical cyclones have a major impact on ocean water temperature • Earth.com

Last update: December 13th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the underwater impact of Hurricane Willa, which was one of the strongest storms in 2018.

As intense storms make their way through the ocean, they significantly change the temperature of the water in their wake.

Sea surface temperatures can drop by up to nine degrees Fahrenheit within a day or two after the storm.

According to Ginis, who is an oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island (URI), cold wakes can last for months in the deep ocean waters.

Ginis explains that the cold wakes can span hundreds of kilometers across the sea surface and usually reach 150 to 200 meters deep, with more intense storms having a deeper reach.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 




 

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