Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hot Mess explains how climate change makes hurricanes stronger

With Hurricane Florence in the news, flooding Virginia and the Carolinas and killing 37 people so far, it's time to revisit the topic of hurricanes and particularly Hurricane Harvey with Hot Mess asking Why Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger?

It’s impossible to say that climate change is responsible for any individual storm or hurricane, but climate change is making these storms stronger. How much stronger? It turns out, Hurricane Harvey is the ideal test case to measure how a warming planet and warming oceans, amplify our worst storms.
This is not a new observation.  Al Gore made it in "An Inconvenient Truth" when he explained that global warming would make hurricanes stronger.  In my worksheet for the movie, I ask my students to "explain how the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons fit with predictions based on global warming."  A decade later, reality continues to confirm those predictions.

I plan on returning to blogging about the Emmy winners tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

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