Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Lin, Yuh-Lang

Abstract

This study investigates the tropical cyclones of the past two decades (1990-2010) and the correlation, if any, between their size and their ability to undergo rapid intensification (RI). Results show that rapidly intensifying storms do show sensitivity to initial size. Comparisons between RI and non-RI storms confirm that tropical cyclones that undergo RI are more likely to be smaller than those that do not. Findings show that the RMW and the average 34kt radius have the strongest negative correlation with the change of intensity

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