At the surface, circulation is inward with a strong cyclonic (counterclockwise) flow, much like a giant whirlpool. In such warm core cyclones, upward flow is strongest along the eye wall and the eye itself is an area of sinking air. In the upper atmosphere, rising air flows outward. As a â€œwarm-coreâ€œ cyclone, intensity decreases with altitude and the outflow in the upper atmosphere is anticyclonic (clockwise), with the exception of the area around the eye.
The above image and information shown here were created for
the interactive educational CD-ROM Sea Profiles.