RAINFALL RATES IN FLORIDA HURRICANES

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Abstract

Hourly rainfall amounts from 16 hurricanes are plotted relative to the center of the storm to obtain the mean areal rainfall rates around the storm. The rates ahead of the center are greater than those to the rear, but the differences in rates between the right and left sides are not large. The frequency distributions of various hourly amounts are tabulated for stations within about 100 miles of the center. Finally, the latent heat of condensation is calculated from the mean areal rainfall data. This is found to be about 6 × 1026 ergs per day.

Abstract

Hourly rainfall amounts from 16 hurricanes are plotted relative to the center of the storm to obtain the mean areal rainfall rates around the storm. The rates ahead of the center are greater than those to the rear, but the differences in rates between the right and left sides are not large. The frequency distributions of various hourly amounts are tabulated for stations within about 100 miles of the center. Finally, the latent heat of condensation is calculated from the mean areal rainfall data. This is found to be about 6 × 1026 ergs per day.

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