How Does Climate Change Make Hurricanes Worse?

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How climate change makes hurricanes worse.

 

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The oceans are warming.

Surface temperature of the oceans has warmed about 1 to 3 degrees F over the last century. Warmer oceans feed more energy into hurricanes, so they grow stronger. Wind speeds are higher.

The seas are rising.

Land ice melting from higher temperatures, plus warmer oceans, has caused a global sea level rise of seven inches over the past century. Higher seas mean higher storm surges. When storms and high winds hit coastlines, floodwaters push further inland than ever before.

Rainfalls are more intense.

A warmer atmosphere means more moisture evaporates from land and sea alike, so more water goes into the clouds. The air can hold 7% more water with every degree Celsius that the temperature rises. With more water in the clouds, there is literally more rain in any given storm.

 

 

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TOPICS: Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather