26 Aug '11, 6pm

On Warming and U.S. Hurricane Strikes

In 2008, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University of Miami published “Global warming and United States landfalling hurricanes ,” a long-view analysis of patterns in hurricanes striking United States shores in relation to climate conditions. Their prime conclusion was that warming seas are associated with rising wind shear — a hurricane-killing condition — in the part of the Atlantic that is a nursery for the kinds of hurricanes that tend to strike the United States. The rise in wind shear appears to be associated with “a weak but robust downward trend in U.S. landfalling hurricanes.” Their work built on earlier analysis drawing the same conclusion

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