Latest Satellite-derived Ocean Conditions

We present here satellite-based ocean conditons where:

  • Sea surface temperature (SST) is larger than 26°C the average sea surface temperature for hurricane genesis and to maintain hurricane strength winds;
  • Values of Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential (TCHP, or upper ocean heat content), are above 50kJ/cm2, which are areas where temperatures above 26°C reach at least 50m deep;
  • The Sea Surface Salinity (SSS), mostly originating from riverine outflows, have values lower than 35, representative of barrier layers that are warm upper ocean waters of very low density.

These values are estimated from satellite data and reflect general ocean conditions. When these three particular water properties overlap, they are representative ocean conditions that may conduct to hurricane intensification, provided that the appropriate atmospheric conditions are also present.