Climate change provided high octane fuel for Hurricane Michael

This article discusses how climate change provided high octane fuel for Hurricane Michael.

Sometimes connecting climate change to a specific weather event is difficult. With Hurricane Michael, it’s not.

The science is easy: Earth’s waters are getting warmer due to an increasing global temperature, and warmer waters fuel hurricanes.

Water temperatures in the far northern Gulf of Mexico were 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal for this time of year. Instead of water temperatures being near 80, they were in the mid-80s as Michael moved over the Gulf and approached the Florida coast.

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