Sunday, January 5, 2020

And Tommorrow's Hurricane Season?

Environmental & Science Education
Earth Science
Earth Systems
Climate Change
Edward Hessler

And now we may have stalling hurricanes to add to our growing list of woes. Remember Dorian, the Category 5 hurricane that moved so slowly, including lingering, across the Bahamas?

In this Yale Climate Connections video, expert meteorologists and climatologists discuss the recent occurring of meandering and stalled hurricanes.

--Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli points "to evidence that hurricanes '''may be slowing down''' as they move.

--Meteorologist Jeff Masters notes "that the forward speed of hurricanes has decreased by about 10 percent since the beginning of the satellite era." Based on data dating to 1851, Masters also raises the issue of stronger category hurricanes occurring in consecutive years rather than being spread out.

--NOAA scientist James Kossin discusses meandering and that hurricanes are growing stronger.

--MIT's Kerry Emanuel tells us that "just eight hurricane events in the United States since the middle of the 19th century have resulted in one-half of the financial damages."

--Penn State climatologist Michael Mann talks about the growing strength of hurricanes.

--Allison Wing of Florida State University provides a summary. "We expect that in general in a warmer climate, extreme precipitation, intense rain, will increase."

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