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Cycles of hurricane landfalls on the eastern United States linked to changes in Atlantic sea-surface temperatures: Chapter 2A in Science and the storms-the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005

Circular 1306-2A

This report is Chapter 2A in Science and the storms-the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005. See Circular 1306 for more information and other chapters.
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Abstract

The occurrence of hurricane landfalls on the United States may be related to alternating intervals of persistent above-average and below-average surface temperature of the North Atlantic Ocean. The cycle of temperature variations, known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), has been identified by study of records based on thermometer readings that go back to the late 1800s. These records do not cover a large enough span of time to adequately test the stability and persistence of the AMO. Better understanding of the AMO and its possible link to hurricane landfalls requires extending our knowledge of the ocean-surface temperature to periods before these thermometer readings were recorded.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Cycles of hurricane landfalls on the eastern United States linked to changes in Atlantic sea-surface temperatures: Chapter 2A in Science and the storms-the USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1306
Chapter:
2A
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
6 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Science and the storms´┐Żthe USGS response to the hurricanes of 2005 (Circular 1306)
First page:
6
Last page:
11
Number of Pages:
6
Country:
United States
State:
Connecticut;Delaware;Florida;Georgia;Maine;Maryl;Massachusetts;New Hampshire;New Jersey;North Carolina;Rhode Island;South Carolina;Virginia