MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: Can hurricanes have more than 1 eye?

Date: Mon May 6 09:33:59 2002
Posted By: Nezette Rydell, forecaster,National Weather Service
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1020274313.Es

The eye of a hurricane is the center of the storm's circulation and as such there can only be one. The eye can disappear and reappear at the same location or shifted as the storm recenters itself, usually marking fluctuations in the strength of the storm. The eye also expands and contracts, sometimes with multiple eyewalls. These conditions are also related to fluctuations in storm intensity. The Louisiana Office of Emergency Operations has a good summary in Facts About the Eye of the Hurricane.

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