Hurricane Florence Caused By Ocean Cycles And Global Warming

Posted: Sep 17 2018, 8:36am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Hurricane Florence Caused by Ocean Cycles and Global Warming
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Natural ocean cycles may be responsible for Hurricane Florence but scientists say human-induced climate change likely made the storm worse.

As Hurricane Florence struck the eastern United States and brought heavy rains to the area, researchers are studying the overall impact of climate change on hurricanes. They suggest that warmer temperatures can intensify hurricanes.

Researchers believe that Florence was likely caused by natural weather patterns but human-induced climate change may have increased the strength of this hurricane. Although Hurricane Florence is not the result of global warming, climate change, in general, makes hurricanes worse.

"Florence is yet another poster child for the human-supercharged storms that are becoming more common and destructive as the planet warms.” Jonathan Overpeck, dean of the environment school at the University of Michigan said.

For decades, scientists have found a correlation between the rise in temperature and intensity of hurricanes. But recent statistics and advanced computer models have allowed researchers to more precisely determine the role of the human-caused climate change in natural disasters.

“Climate change absolutely creates the potential for stronger, more destructive hurricanes,” said NBC News writer Kristina Dahl. “Because there’s so much natural variability in the number and intensity of hurricanes year over year, there’s still some scientific debate about whether hurricanes have grown stronger over the last few decades than they might have otherwise. But increasingly, scientists are able to examine a particular weather event and determine whether that event bears the fingerprint of human-caused climate change.”

Florence began as a disturbance at the end of the last month but it gained strength and crossed the threshold from tropical storm to hurricane in a matter of days. Later, it became a fearsome Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph. Although Florence made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday and slowed down, it caused heavy rainfall and devastating flooding. Overall, recent storms seem to be stalling more often and thus dumping more rain in any particular area.

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