Dorian has been one of the strongest, and also longest-lasting hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic. It was slow-moving and that was itself devastating. It was also the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began. Sustained wind speeds of 185mph, storm surges, and flooding has resulted in an unprecedented scale of destruction. … Read more Did Climate Change cause Dorian?
Ian Livingston, a weather forecaster, writes in the Washington Post regarding something that is quite unprecedented. It has been predicted by various climate models that a warming world will result in more intense tropical cyclones, and that is exactly what is happening. Ian lays it all out … Category 5 Super Typhoon Yutu, which decimated … Read more Five Category 4+ tropical cyclones have struck U.S. soil in 14 months.
Over at Penn State ESSC (Earth System Science Center) have issued a 2018 Hurricane forecast … ESSC scientist Michael E. Mann, alumnus Michael Kozar, and researcher Sonya K. Miller have released their seasonal prediction for the 2018 North Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th. The prediction is … Read more Hurricane Season – What is coming in 2018?
The observation that we are seeing Hurricanes that are unprecedented and also of a size never seen before in the West Atlantic will quite naturally inspire many to wonder if there is a Climate Change connection. There is. This is because Climate Change does indeed directly increase Hurricane intensity. As I write this, we have … Read more Does Climate Change really Impact Hurricane intensity?
The Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale describes five distinct categories for Hurricanes. The name is of course rooted in who it all came from. Back in 1971, Herbert Saffir and also Robert Simpson created it as a simple way to communicate the impact that a Hurricane was about to have and so assigning a specific category set expectations regarding the potential … Read more Do we now need a Category 6 for a Hurricane?
Back in 2006 when stopped at a gas station on my way to the remote town of Trinidad on the southern coast of Cuba I was approached by a chap who asked for a lift. That is quite normal there, if you drive with an empty car then you would feel guilty if you had no passengers. It is … Read more Climate Change: The intensification of super typhoons