Geophysical Research Letters
Hurricanes mix and cool the upper ocean, as shown here in observations and modeling of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico during the passage of hurricane Wilma. Curiously, the upper ocean around the Loop Current warmed prior to Wilma's entrance into the Gulf. The major cause was increased volume and heat transports through the Yucatan Channel produced by storm-induced convergences in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Such oceanic variability may have important impacts on hurricane predictions.
Original Publication Citation
Oey, L.Y., Ezer, T., Wang, D.P., Fan, S.J., & Yin, X.Q. (2006). Loop current warming by hurricane Wilma. Geophysical Research Letters, 33(8), 1-4. doi: 10.1029/2006GL025873
Oey, Lie-Yauw; Ezer, Tal; Wang, Dong-Ping; Fan, S. J.; and Yin, Xun-Qiang, "Loop Current Warming by Hurricane Wilma" (2006). CCPO Publications. 132.
0000-0002-2018-6071 (Ezer), 0000-0002-4009-8773 (Wang)