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We know the textbook efficiency of a Carnot engine:

theoretical upper bound on hurricane wind speed

important difference to textbook Carnot cycle

textbook Carnot cycle

=work done on environment

tropical cyclones

work used for turbulent dissipation

transformed back into heat @Ts

back into the front end

of the Carnot cycle

Heat from turbulent dissipation

heat from the ocean

and

where E:=b/a

note T0 <Ts

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