Final rept. 19 Apr 1971-19 Feb 1972
TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA
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After a brief presentation of the salient observational facts about tropical cyclones, the two principal models for the cyclone-scale structure and maintenance of the quasisteady mature stage are described--the older model by Riehl and Malkus and the recently developed model by Carrier. One point of disagreement between the two models is that Riehl and Malkus postulate that greatly augmented sea-to-air transfer of latent and sensible heat is required to sustain a hurricane, while Carrier states that because the storm convects a large mass of warm moist air with it the local sea-to-air transfer of total enthalpy is about the same whether a hurricane is present or not.