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Eric A. Hendricks, Brian D. McNoldy, and Wayne H. Schubert

instability is more common in hurricanes (i.e., TCs with maximum sustained surface winds greater than 64 kt) because the radial profile of PV typically has a maximum in the eyewall region, where PV is continually produced by diabatic heating. The barotropic or combined barotropic–baroclinic instability of the eyewall and subsequent mixing has been a topic of much recent interest ( Schubert et al. 1999 ; Kossin and Schubert 2001 ; Kossin and Eastin 2001 ; Montgomery et al. 2002 ; Terwey and Montgomery

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