Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains
    on December 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall. […]

  • Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency, warn scientists. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity. […]

  • Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts
    on December 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    What if there was a better way to forecast and communicate hurricanes' damaging economic impacts, before they happen? Civil engineers have developed an innovative new approach to assessing the resiliency of coastal communities to hurricanes. They've created a 'multi-hazard hurricane impact level model,' which estimates economic damages to be caused by storms, before they happen. […]

  • Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
    on November 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    The need for adaptation strategies to reduce the threat of hurricanes to society is of critical importance, as evidenced by the recent damage to coastal regions in the U.S. and the Caribbean this past year. The fact that the number of residential buildings in coastal areas has increased significantly combined with the increasing risks of impacts of due climate change means that the cost of damage to coastal developments are likely to continue to rise. […]

  • Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy'
    on November 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. […]

  • Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century
    on November 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century, new research concludes. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions continues unmitigated. […]

  • We should use central pressure deficit, not wind speed, to predict hurricane damage
    on November 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    New research provides a physical understanding for why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from hurricanes than peak wind speed. […]

  • Scientists identify hotspots of coastal risks in Latin America and the Caribbean
    on November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study identifies hotspots of coastal risks throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. […]

  • When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site. […]

  • Harvey runoff menaces Texas' coral reefs
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston. […]

  • Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss
    on October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions. […]

  • Stepped care beneficial after hurricanes
    on October 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Stepped care is more effective than usual care in reducing the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of hurricanes, according to a new study. […]

  • Interpreting hurricane forecast displays can be difficult for general public
    on October 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm's impact path and intensity accurately, but new research shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods. […]

  • 12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas
    on October 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Category 5 hurricanes may have slammed Florida repeatedly during the chilly Younger Dryas, 12,000 years ago. The cause? Hurricane-suppressing effects of cooler sea surface were out-weighed by side effects of slowed ocean circulation. […]

  • Hurricane exposes and washes away thousands of sea turtle nests
    on October 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to Hurricane Irma, finding that 56 percent of green turtle nests and 24 percent of loggerhead nests were lost within Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Both are endangered species. The losses put a damper on what had been a record year for green turtle nesting. […]

  • How has society adapted to hurricanes? A look at New Orleans over 300 years
    on September 27, 2017 at 3:59 am

    In the midst of an intense hurricane season, a historical perspective looks at adaptation to hurricanes in New Orleans over nearly three centuries, from its foundation in 1718 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. […]

  • 'Surfing robot' tracking water data as Harvey's rains flow toward fragile coral reefs
    on September 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    An unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle has been riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data. […]

  • New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impact
    on September 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Popular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans, Louisianna, neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment, ecologists argue. […]

  • Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims
    on September 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    An analysis of flood claims in three Houston suburbs from 1999-2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year flood plain maps failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages from five serious floods, none of which reached the threshold rainfall of a 100-year event. […]

  • Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies
    on September 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study. […]

  • Light-based method improves practicality and quality of remote wind measurements
    on September 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed, which could help scientists better understand how hurricanes form and provide information to pinpoint landfall earlier. […]

  • Flood-damaged documents, books may be salvageable with electron beam technology
    on August 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Documents, books and similar items soaked and muddied in the potentially sewage-laden flood waters produced by Hurricane Harvey may be salvageable with the use of electronic beam technology. […]

  • After Hurricane Katrina, personal debt fell for those worst hit, but at a cost
    on August 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a dozen years ago, there was a sharp and immediate drop in personal debt among residents living in city's most flooded blocks, according to a new study. […]

  • Some land conservation measures unpopular among property owners
    on August 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    While popular with conservation groups, coastal easements that prevent development in order to protect marshland from changes brought about by climate change and rising sea levels are not favored by property owners. The findings, based on the results of surveys conducted in 2015 of 1,002 owners of Connecticut coastal properties, suggest that relying on education about sea level rise and the ecosystem benefits of marshes alone will not protect land from future changes. […]

  • Shifting storms to bring extreme waves, seaside damage to once placid areas
    on July 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The world's most extensive study of a major stormfront striking the coast has revealed a previously unrecognised danger from climate change: as storm patterns fluctuate, waterfront areas once thought safe are likely to be hammered and damaged as never before. […]

  • Extreme coastal sea levels more likely to occur, new data, advanced modeling techniques suggest
    on July 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Improving projections for how much ocean levels may change in the future and what that means for coastal communities has vexed researchers studying sea level rise for years, but a new international study that incorporates extreme events may have just given researchers and coastal planners what they need. The study uses newly available data and advanced models to improve global predictions when it comes to extreme sea levels. […]

  • Sahara greening may intensify tropical cyclone activity worldwide
    on June 8, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Future climate warming could lead to a re-greening of the southernmost Sahara (Sahel), with decreased dust emissions and changes in land cover. In a recent study, researchers have found that tropical cyclone activity may have increased during past warm climates in connection with a greening of the Sahara. […]

  • Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts
    on June 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Offshore wind turbines built according to current standards may not be able to withstand the powerful gusts of a Category 5 hurricane, creating potential risk for any such turbines built in hurricane-prone areas, new research shows. […]

  • 2017 hurricane season follows year of extremes
    on June 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The 2016 hurricane season started in January and ended 318 days later in late-November. Hurricane Matthew was the first Category 5 in a decade, the longest stretch without one since 1950. […]

  • Measuring the human impact of weather
    on May 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    The World Meteorological Organization has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from strictly temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events. […]