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Hot Tower in Hurricane Bonnie 1998. Altitude of clouds are exaggerated
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Hot Tower in Hurricane Bonnie 1998. Altitude of clouds are exaggerated
Hot Tower in a Hurricane
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Hot Tower in a Hurricane

A Hot Tower is a high cloud with plenty of rainfall found in hurricanes. Recently the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered that these hot towers appear when the hurricane is about to intensify. Kelley and Stout at NASA define a "hot tower" as a rain cloud that reaches at least to the top of the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere. It extends approximately nine miles (14.5 km) high at the tropics. These towers are called "hot" because they rise high due to the large amount of latent heat. Water vapor releases this latent heat as it condenses into liquid. This article is about weather phenomena. ... NASA Logo Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-09-01, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


A particularly tall hot tower rose above Hurricane Bonnie in August 1998, as the storm intensified before striking North Carolina, United States. Bonnie caused more than $1 billion damage and three deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center. The name Bonnie has been used for several tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State; Old North State Official languages English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 9. ... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency of the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. ... The U.S. National Hurricane Center is the division of National Weather Services Tropical Prediction Center responsible for tracking and predicting the likely behavior of tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. ...


See also

Tropical cyclones Portal Tropical cyclones Portal

Image File history File links Portal. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ...

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