Warm waters turbocharge Hurricane Ian


Sep 27,
2022

(27 Sep 2022) SHOT LIST: RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT NASA ASSOCIATED PRESS West Bay Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – 26 September 2022 1. Various Heavy rains on residential neighborhood ASSOCIATED PRESS Highlands Ranch, Colorado – 27 September 2022 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University hurricane researcher: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ “We have seen with Hurricane Ian rapid intensification, which is a storm that intensifies by at least 35 miles per hour in a 24-hour period.” ASSOCIATED PRESS West Bay Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – 26 September 2022 3. Heavy rains on residential neighborhood ASSOCIATED PRESS Troy, New York – 27 September 2022 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristen Corbosiero, University of Albany hurricane scientist: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ “In the Atlantic Basin, yes, we are definitely seeing an increase in rapid intensification.” ASSOCIATED PRESS Troy, New York – 27 September 2022 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristen Corbosiero, University of Albany hurricane scientist: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ “The warmer sea surface temperatures are probably the number one reason. With a warming atmosphere, it can hold more water vapor. If the atmosphere is more moist, that is good for the thunderstorms that make up the tropical storm.” ASSOCIATED PRESS Havana – 27 September 2022 7. Empty road with rain, wind ANNOTATION: While climate change doesn’t create hurricanes, scientists say that a warming world means an increase in rapidly intensifying storms. NASA – MUST CREDIT NASA International Space Station – 26 September 2022 8. Various of Hurricane Ian during space station flyover ++MUTE++ ANNOTATION: Sea level rise, increased moisture, and possibly a slower pace are other ways climate change is affecting storms. ASSOCIATED PRESS Troy, New York – 27 September 2022 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristen Corbosiero, University of Albany hurricane scientist: ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ “It’s fantastic that the governor and state officials have been trying to get people to evacuate because Tampa has not seen a major storm in a very long time. And there’s been a tremendous amount of growth in residents and buildings along the coast.” ASSOCIATED PRESS Tampa, Florida – 27 September 2022 10. Various of people boarding up home ANNOTATION: It’s been more than a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area. STORYLINE: Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change. As the world warms, this turbocharging of storms is likely to become even more frequent, scientists say. After getting 67% stronger in less than 22 hours from Monday to Tuesday, Ian is bearing down on Florida as a likely Category 4 hurricane that threatens to deliver a nightmare storm-surge to Tampa Bay. Ian’s so-called rapid intensification occurred after it traveled over Caribbean waters that are about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) warmer than normal, largely because of climate change. Although numerous factors contribute to the speed at which a storm intensifies, “the warmer sea surface temperatures are probably the number one reason,” said Kristen Corbosiero, hurricane scientist at the University of Albany. Sea level rise, increased moisture, and possibly a slower pace are other ways climate change is affecting storms. The National Hurricane Center defines rapidly intensifying storms as those that gain at least 35 mph in wind speed in less than 24 hours. It’s been more than a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s