Turbulent fluxes in the hurricane boundary layer. Part II: Latent heat flux

William M. Drennan, Jun A. Zhang, Jeffrey R. French, Cyril McCormick, Peter G. Black

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As part of the recent ONR-sponsored Coupled Boundary Layer Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST) Departmental Research Initiative, an aircraft was instrumented to carry out direct turbulent flux measurements in the high wind boundary layer of a hurricane. During the 2003 field season flux measurements were made during Hurricanes Fabian and Isabel. Here the first direct measurements of latent heat fluxes measured in the hurricane boundary layer are reported. The previous wind speed range for humidity fluxes and Dalton numbers has been extended by over 50%. Up to 30 m s-1, the highest 10-m winds measured, the Dalton number is not significantly different from the Humidity Exchange over the Sea (HEXOS) result, with no evidence of an increase with wind speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1115
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2007

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  • Atmospheric Science


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