Hurricane Harvey Fueled by Record Breaking Ocean Heat

Hurricane Harvey fueled by record breaking ocean heat because when it tore across the Gulf of Mexico and bulldozed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf water were far too warmer for anytime in record according to National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

These hot conditions powered the storm propelling it with massive stores of moisture, the authors discovered. When it impeded near Houston area, the consequential rains broke precipitation records and resulted in disastrous floods.

Lead author Kevin Trenberth, an NCAR senior scientist said that for the premiere time, the volume of rain over land, reciprocates to the amount of water evaporated from the odd warm ocean. As climate change sustains to heat the ocean we can anticipate more powered storms like Harvey.


Inspite an exacting 2017 hurricane season, Hurricane Harvey was approximately obscure in location and time, travelling solitary over comparatively unruffled waters in the Gulf of Mexico. This provided Trenberth and his colleagues a chance to research in depth how the storm devours the heat stockpiled in that 930-mile wide ocean basin.

The team equated temperatures in the upper 160 meters (525 feet) of the Gulf prior to and succeeding the storm utilizing data gathered by Argo a network of independent floats that calculate temperatures as they levitate up and down in the water. To calculate rainfall over land the researchers benefitted from new NASA-based international satellite mission, dubbed Global Precipitation Measurement.