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How did Hurricane Harvey get so strong?

 

Hurricane Harvey is whirling towards Texas with winds reaching 130 miles per hour— a Category 4 hurricane that was fueled by an unlucky pit stop over a deep patch of warm water in the Gulf of Mexico. Warm water feeds hurricanes, which form when a weather disturbance, like a small storm, sucks the moist, warm air over the ocean’s surface into the lower atmosphere. When that moisture-laden air reaches cooler temperatures higher up in the atmosphere, the water condenses to form clouds— which spin and grow, fueled by more warm ocean water as it evaporates. NEW: NOAA’s #GOES16 shows a “sandwich loop” — a combination of visible and infrared imagery — of #HurricaneHarvey today, August 25, 2017. pic.twitter.com/o4EBfF69xZ— NOAA……

 

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