May 27, 2019

SUFB 793: Climate Change Can Remove Barrier That Could Increase Intensity Of Hurricanes On US East Coast

SUFB 793: Climate Change Can Remove Barrier That Could Increase Intensity Of Hurricanes On US East Coast

I've lived through a Category 3 Hurricane before and it was intense...I know, I know, that's nothing compared to what the people along the US East Coast have experienced. I can't imagine what it would be like to live through a Category 5 Hurricane!...


I've lived through a Category 3 Hurricane before and it was intense...I know, I know, that's nothing compared to what the people along the US East Coast have experienced. I can't imagine what it would be like to live through a Category 5 Hurricane!

Well, according to recent research from Columbia University and NOAA, hurricane intensity may increase further as Climate Change progresses. 

Sea Surface Temperature

An increase in global sea surface temperature can affect everything from phytoplankton to the migration patterns of whales. It can also affect the intensity of Hurricanes, which we have witnessed over the past few decades. 

Wind Shear

Wind Shear (the difference between wind speed or direction between the lower and upper troposphere) can also be affected by Climate Change. High wind shear will keep Hurricanes less intense, whereas as low wind shear will intensify the landfalling and the storm surge.

I discuss how this effect can affect the way people live along the Eastern seaboard. 

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