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Name: Xinyi
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: IL
Country: China
Date: Spring 2011


Question:
Why is the eye of a hurricane so calm? A lot of videos say that it' i because the rising air cools off and sinks down in the eye, but if it is true, I think the eye should have a high pressure, not the lowest pressure of a hurricane.



Replies:
Cold air is heavier than Hot air and will fall relative to the Hot Air. Hot air will rise relative to Cold air.

The eye of a hurricane is calm because the storms rotate around it. The highest winds of the hurricane are in the wall of the eye which is very distinct. The hurricane derives its energy from the relatively hot surface temperature of the sea. The humidity in the hot rising air feeds the heavy rainstorms that form the hurricane. The rising hot, moist air of a hurricane is a counter clockwise rotating cyclone that creates a low pressure area in the eye. So the lowest air pressure point of a hurricane are in the eye.

Sincere regards, Mike Stewart



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