Hurricanes Are Sweeping The Atlantic. What's The Role Of Climate Change?

Saturday, 09 Sep, 2017

Another week, another Atlantic storm that weather watchers are calling "unprecedented".

Taylor said the hurricane's devastation is a sign of connection to climate change. "We'll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown".

"In recent years, a higher percentage of precipitation in the United States has come in the form of intense single-day events", it is written on the website. Eerily enough, the scenario chosen-and vetted as scientifically accurate by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-envisioned a Category 4 hurricane striking Houston and extreme monsoons flooding India. "Just as I am the go-to tech guy in my family and here on the staff, when it comes to a hurricane bearing down on South Florida, I'm the go-to guy". Trump has crammed his administration full of climate-change deniers while pushing full steam ahead on more oil, gas, and coal production. As the planet warms the atmosphere can hold more moisture, so hurricanes, like other rainstorms, could be expected to produce more rain on average than in the past.

Webster cautioned, however, that sea temperatures are just one factor in spawning hurricanes.

"With above normal seasons, you have even more activity mainly in August through October", he said. It was no less ironic when the titans of USA banking, having preached the neoliberal gospel of downsizing government and eliminating regulations that proscribed some of their most unsafe and antisocial activities, turned to government in their moment of need. Fossil fuel corporations can be assigned a percentage of responsibility for climate impacts, based on their historic emissions, and that percentage could translate into a dollar amount in the billions given the costs of storms like Harvey and Irma. And now, Hurricane Jose is falling into step behind Irma, and gathering strength. And it's not the hurricane center doing that.

There is also scientific debate on why Atlantic hurricanes diminished in the year after 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma killed nearly 1,900 people and caused about $137 billion in damage.

Hurricanes "extract heat energy from the ocean to convert it to the power of wind, and the warmer the ocean is, the stronger a hurricane can get", said former hurricane hunter Dr. Jeff Masters.

Storms that form in the Gulf of Mexico, as Katia did this week, are also not uncommon, Dr. Bell said. Writing in a CNBC op-ed Tuesday, Goodman, one of the highest-ranking women ever to serve in the Defense Department, urged the government to start integrating the potential impacts climate change into infrastructure planning. Hurricane Beulah, in 1967, probably brought as much water ashore as did Harvey, with two fundamental differences: First, the 1967 storm struck a large section of sparsely populated coast; therefore, property damage was minimized; second, Beulah kept moving while Harvey was often crawling along.