By: Arnoldo Valle-Levinson , University of Florida Steven DiMarco , Texas A&M University
When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, it dumped more than 1.5 meters (60 inches) of rain on the Texas coast, making it the wettest tropical cyclone to affect the continental U.S. in history. In this briefing, researchers will present new findings on how unusual ocean conditions in the Gulf of Mexico contributed to Harvey’s intense rainfall and flooding. Panelists will discuss Harvey’s atypical storm surge, the strong ocean currents it generated, and the large amount of ocean heat that contributed to the storm’s rapid intensification. In light of toxin leaks associated with the hurricane in Harris County, Texas, and forecasts of more frequent and intensified hurricanes, researchers will also discuss current work aimed at identifying U.S. regions vulnerable to similar contamination risks. Participants: Steven DiMarco, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A.; Henry Potter, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A.; Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.