Upper ocean response to Hurricane Gilbert

L. K. Shay, P. G. Black, A. J. Mariano, J. D. Hawkins, R. L. Elsberry

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Net decreases of the SSTs of 3°-4°C were observed by the profilers as well as by the airborne infrared thermometer (AIRT) along the flight tracks and advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) imagery. The AXCPs indicated a marked cooling from 29°C to about 25.5°C on September 17, 1988, which was about 1.2 inertial periods (IP) following storm passage. The mixed layer deepened by about 30-35 m on the right side of the track during the storm and 1.2 IP later, with little evidence of continued deepening afterward. The mixed layer current vectors demonstrate that a strong, near-inertially rotating current was excited by the passage of Gilbert, with maxima of about 1-1.4 m s-1. The currents, observed during and subsequent to (1.2 IP) the storm, diverged from the storm track, whereas the mixed layer current vectors 2.7 IP after storm passage converged toward the track, with relative maxima of 0.8-1 m s-1. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20,227-20,248
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC12
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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