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Which factor contributes to the strength of hurricanes

Bethany Evans

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Caroline Campbell on April 13, 2018

Warm sea surface temperatures are above 79 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be the main factor. Warm temperatures result in the formation of water vapor which is the main source of energy for hurricanes.The water vapor is fuel for hurricanes because it releases the latent heat of condensation when it condenses to form clouds and rain, warming the surrounding air. The heat released in this form of tropical storms is carried away by wind shear that blows out of the top of the storms. However, when there is little wind shear, this heat builds up causing a low pressure zone which in turn causes the wind to begin to spiral inward, toward the center of this area, thus developing into a hurricane.

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