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Entropy 2008, 10(4), 430-440; doi:10.3390/e10040430

Entropy Flow and the Evolution of a Storm

State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing 100081, P. R. China
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Received: 5 August 2008 / Revised: 27 September 2008 / Accepted: 27 September 2008 / Published: 13 October 2008
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The universal principle that an open system can be driven to a state far from equilibrium, or organized, by strong negative entropy flow from its surroundings has been validated in numerous fields from physics and chemistry to the life science. In this paper, entropy flows for a severe storm are calculated via the entropy flow formula using the National Centers for Environmental Prediction/National Center for Atmospheric Research reanalysis data. The results show that the intensification of negative (positive) entropy flow entering into the storm preceded the strengthening (weakening) of its intensity, implying that entropy flow analysis can be used as a potential tool in forecasting changes in the intensity of a storm.
Keywords: Entropy flow; Storm; Forecast Entropy flow; Storm; Forecast

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Liu, Y.; Liu, C. Entropy Flow and the Evolution of a Storm. Entropy 2008, 10, 430-440.

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