New UMiami Research Reveals How Fresh Water Stokes Caribbean Hurricanes


It’s August. And as we approach the most intense period of the hurricane season, a lot of us are thinking: How warm are the waters in the Atlantic and the Caribbean? How much fuel is out there for hurricanes to feed on?

What most of us don’t know is that the ocean waters here have an unusual feature that can actually help fuel hurricanes. We’re learning more about that now thanks to researchers like Johna Rudzin at the University of Miami.

Rudzin is a postdoctoral associate at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and she spoke with WLRN’s Tim Padgett from the station’s studios in Key West.

Excerpts of their conversation:

WLRN: Your dissertation is called An Assessment of the Caribbean Sea’s Upper-Ocean Influence on Air-Sea Interaction During Tropical…

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