As Hurricane Laura raged, silent sentinels kept watch from below

As Hurricane Laura raged, silent sentinels kept watch from below

According to an NAS publication, the Loop Current is the dominant physical process in the Gulf waters and, as such, can impact everything from oil and gas operations to ecologically-based management of marine resources in the region. It can also have a very direct impact on hurricane development and intensity. “When a tropical storm moves over warm Loop Current waters, it fuels the storm so it can become a hurricane,” says Khazmutdinova. She says that storms can also intensify when they travel over ring-shaped eddies that break off from the main current. “And then we can pump that information into hurricane forecasts to improve predictions there as well.”

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