Powerful and Deadly Hurricanes, As Seen From Outer Space

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nasa hurricane gordon photo
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Hurricanes are driven by the release of heat energy as water vapor condenses in the atmosphere.

Initially, this process is driven by solar energy heating water on the surface of the ocean, a tropical cyclone—or hurricane—system, eventually becomes a positive feedback loop that continues fueling itself until the supply of warm water runs out.

Hurricane Gordon. Photo credit: NASA Goddard