Abrupt Climate Change Realities: Hurricanes Stronger, Intensify Faster, Move Slower, Dump More Rain

Published on Sep 3, 2019
I continue to delve deeply into recent, cutting edge science on how climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous. Warming oceans have more evaporation; warmer air holds more water vapour, so storms are stronger and intensify more rapidly and cause much greater rainfall. Also, the forward speed of tropical storms has reduced globally by 10% since 1949; slowing over land is even greater (by 21% in western North Pacific, and 16% in North Atlantic). Hurricane Dorian was essentially STATIONARY for 1.5 days; Hurricane Harvey in 2017 meandered at 1-2 mph over Texas in 2017 dropping 5 feet of rain.

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