A Preliminary Case for the Existence of Hurricane Alleys in the Gulf of Mexico

by C.K. Cooper, Chevron Oil Field Research Co.

Part of: Offshore Technology in Civil Engineering: Hall of Fame Papers: Volume 12

Abstract: A review of hurricance intensity in the Gulf of Mexico suggests there are two alleys where hurricanes are roughly 20% more intense than elsewhere. This paper develops a physical basis for the alleys using previous modeling and observations, and a statistical correlation of historical hurricance intensity and ocean temperatures. While the evidence for alleys is persuasive, final acceptance will depend on results of further research.

Copyright holder: Offshore Technology Conference, Copyright 1992

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Gulfs | Developing countries | Temperature effects | Statistics | Physical models | Ocean engineering | Gulf of Mexico


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