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January 29, 2008

Explanation for Hurricane Reduction

Filed under: High Winds — Tags: , , , , — John Banta @ 8:07 am

According to an article published by Reuters, scientists have published a study in the Geophysical Research Letters Journal that indicates rising ocean temperatures may create conditions that reduce the number of hurricanes by causing a vertical wind shear that tears the Atlantic Ocean storms apart at different altitudes and prevents the hurricane from being able to form. http://uk.reuters.com/article/email/idUKN23640879._CH_.242020080123

If this is true it would means that hurricanes would have a limited temperature range in which they can form. If the ocean is too cold – there isn’t enough energy. If the ocean is too hot – the energy is too extreme and leads to an atomosheric chaos too great for storms to form.

If this is true – it demonstrates further that we have a lot to learn about our climate and the extremes that are being produced.

I’m not a climatologist but if I am reading this correctly, this study may help explain the Atlantic hurricane respite we have experienced over the last two years. It may also help explain the increase in hurricanes and tropical storms hitting the west coast of Mexico and Southern California.

My book Extreme Weather Hits Home has lots of information about how to prepare our buildings to better withstand these uncertain times and the extreme and constantly shifting conditions . If you can’t find it at your local bookseller, ask them to order it.

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