26 Aug '11, 8pm

Hurricane season is heating up

Hurricane season is heating up

Of course, those heels are also hotter than they used to be. Hurricane season peaks in late summer because that's when seawater is at its warmest, and warm seawater is fuel for hurricanes . But parts of the Atlantic, and other oceans around the world, are warmer than usual this year — the first seven months of 2011 saw Earth's 11th warmest January-July surface temperatures since 1880, and the combined land-ocean temperature for July was the fifth highest on record. This follows 2010's warmest year on record (it tied 2005, which also happened to be the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record). The U.S. felt few tropical storms in 2010, but it was an active season; Americans just got lucky that most cyclones stayed out at sea.

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