Study: By the End of the Century, Stronger, Slower, and Wetter Hurricanes

This article discusses how warming temperatures will cause more severe hurricanes in the future.

To better understand how climate change will affect hurricanes, scientists have published a new analysis of what would have happened to 22 named Atlantic storms if they had instead formed near the end of this century. Researchers found that in the coming decades, warming global temperatures will make hurricanes on average slower, stronger, and a lot wetter, according to the new research, published in the Journal of Climate.

Hurricane Ike, for example, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2008, would have had 13 percent stronger winds, moved 17 percent slower, and been 34 percent wetter if it had formed later this century, with temperatures 9 degrees Fahrenheit higher than today — the warming expected if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked.

 

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