Heavy Weather

Hurricane seen from orbit

That title is a riff on the of the same name, which is what I thought of when I came across the website for the , a division of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research(OOAR), a division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), which is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a division of the United States Department of Commerce. Yikes. Government.

Anyway, at the HRD site I found a very cool report about the energy created by the average hurricane. The total energy released through the formation of clouds and rain per day is equal to 200 times the world-wide electrical generating capacity. Per day. The total energy generated through the wind of a hurricane per day is equivalent to roughly half the world-wide electrical generating capacity. Again, per day. That means that a hurricane the lasts five days will generate roughly the equivalent of 1000 times the total electrical power generating capacity of the world over the same period of time. That makes me feel small, in a good way.

One Response to “Heavy Weather”

  1. schneiderism » Blog Archive » Hurricanes, As Seen From Space Says:

    [...] These images go far in visually depicting the power and magnitude of hurricanes, something I have posted about previously. You see pretty clouds, I see the release of 600 trillion kilowatt hours of energy. The image above [...]

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