Thursday, September 21, 2017

Climate change and the 2017 hurricane season

According to this article, most damage comes from extreme hurricanes (category 4-5) and those appear to be increasing in frequency, with 1/3 of them in the last 14 years.

There have been only 33 Category 5 storms in the Atlantic since hurricane records began in 1851. Twenty-three of them have formed since 1961; 11 in only the last 14 years. Part of that uptick comes from better weather monitoring equipment, like satellites that help us spot hurricanes before they make landfall. But even since we developed satellite technology, there’s been a measurable increase in major storms.
 https://grist.org/article/harvey-irma-maria-this-is-the-hurricane-season-scientists-expected-and-feared/amp/

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