Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • 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. […]

  • How atmospheric waves radiate out of hurricanes
    on May 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Researchers believe they have found a new way to monitor the intensity and location of hurricanes from hundreds of miles away by detecting atmospheric waves radiating from the centers of these powerful storms. […]

  • Migratory seabird deaths linked to hurricanes
    on May 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, a species of migratory seabird found throughout the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic, a new study reveals. The study is the first to map the birds' annual migratory path and demonstrate how its timing and trajectory place them in the direct path of hurricanes moving into the Caribbean from the Atlantic. Climate change may increase the risk. […]

  • Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
    on April 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Researchers estimate that approximately 13.1 million people could be displaced by rising ocean waters, with Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix as top destinations for those forced to relocate. […]

  • Study targets warm water rings that fuel hurricane intensification in the Caribbean Sea
    on February 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    A new study deployed 55 aircraft ocean instruments from the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration's WP-3D aircraft. The purpose of the scientific mission was to measure ocean temperature, salinity, and currents to understand the structure of these warm-water eddies. […]

  • Extreme waves caught with higher-resolution modeling
    on February 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    A new study shows that high-resolution models captured hurricanes and big waves that low-resolution ones missed. Better extreme wave forecasts are important for coastal cities, the military, the shipping industry, and surfers. […]

  • More frequent hurricanes not necessarily stronger on Atlantic U.S. coast
    on January 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Active Atlantic hurricane periods, like the one we are in now, are not necessarily a harbinger of more, rapidly intensifying hurricanes along the US coast, according to new research. […]

  • Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week
    on December 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Controls engineers have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors, each drifting balloon becomes part of a 'swarm' of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity. […]

  • How soil moisture can help predict power outages caused by hurricanes
    on December 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    In the days before Hurricane Matthew, researchers used satellite maps of soil moisture to help forecast where the power would go out along the East Coast. Now they report that their method worked with 91 percent accuracy. […]

  • Sea spray studied to improve hurricane intensity forecasting
    on December 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    A research team is studying sea spray to help improve forecasting of hurricanes and tropical cyclones. In a recent study, the scientists found that in high winds conditions the amount of large sea spray droplets (over 0.5 milimeters in diameter) generated is as much as 1000 times more than previously thought. […]

  • Study offers coastal communities better way to prepare for devastating storms
    on November 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    With massive coastal storms on the rise, a new study describes a method for stakeholders in vulnerable communities to be involved in preparing for, absorbing, recovering and adapting from devastation. […]

  • Hurricane risk to Northeast USA coast increasing, research warns
    on November 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research. […]

  • Widespread land losses from 2010 Gulf oil spill, study finds
    on November 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/U.S. Geological Survey annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where the coastline was most heavily coated with oil during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. […]

  • A rising tide of heart attacks followed Hurricane Katrina
    on November 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, hospital admissions for heart attacks in the city were three times higher than they were before the storm, according to new research. […]

  • 2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015
    on November 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016's global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). […]

  • Hurricanes from three million years ago give us clues about present storms
    on November 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Studying hurricane and tropical storm development from three million years ago might give today's forecasters a good blueprint for 21st century storms, says a team of international researchers. […]

  • Engineer developing tools, technologies to make a better, smarter power grid
    on October 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    An American researcher is working on four projects that will help develop a better, smarter power grid. They're looking for ways to modernize the distribution system that brings power to our homes and offices. They're out to make a more reliable power grid for all of us. They want to build a smart grid. […]

  • Evaluating forecasting models for predicting rainfall from tropical cyclones
    on October 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    To help improve hurricane preparedness and mitigation efforts, new research examines how accurate current forecasting systems are in predicting rainfall from North Atlantic tropical cyclones that make landfall in the United States. […]

  • As the climate warms, we are 'primed' for worse storms than Sandy
    on October 6, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    With the climate warming and the sea level rising, conditions are ripe for storms deadlier and more devastating than Sandy that put more people at risk, warns a geography professor who has served as the New Jersey state climatologist for 25 years. […]

  • Satellites see Hurricane Matthew heading for the Bahamas
    on October 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Satellites from NASA and NOAA have been tracking and analyzing powerful Hurricane Matthew since its birth just east of the Leeward Islands on Sept. 28. On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall on southwestern Haiti as a category-4 storm -- the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean nation in more than 50 years. […]

  • Hurricanes, storm surges and icebergs: How warmer seas are changing our planet
    on September 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Severe hurricanes, storm surges and an increase in the number of icebergs are just some of the changes planet Earth has experienced due to warming oceans over the last 20 years, according to a new report. […]

  • 'Funneling' behind severe flooding on the Clyde
    on September 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    A “funneling” effect has been a major factor in severe flooding on the River Clyde in recent years, according to a study by English mathematicians. […]

  • Hurricanes are worse, but experience, gender and politics determine if you believe it
    on August 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Despite ample evidence that Atlantic hurricanes are getting stronger, research found that people's view of future storm threat is based on their hurricane experience, gender and political affiliation. This could affect how policymakers and scientists communicate the increasing deadliness of hurricanes as a result of climate change. […]

  • Can we economically outgrow climate change damages? Not for hurricanes we can't
    on August 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    When hurricanes like Katrina in 2005 or Sandy in 2012 impact on highly populated regions they bring about tremendous damages. More than 50 percent of all weather-related economic losses on the globe are caused by damages due to tropical cyclones. Researchers have now analyzed the magnitude of future hurricane losses in relation to economic growth. […]

  • Electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas
    on July 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Climate and energy scientists have developed a new method to pinpoint which electrical service areas will be most vulnerable as populations grow and temperatures rise. […]

  • Tropical cyclones on track to grow more intense as temperatures rise
    on July 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Powerful tropical cyclones like the super typhoon that lashed Taiwan with 150-mile-per-hour winds last week and then flooded parts of China are expected to become even stronger as the planet warms. That trend hasn't become evident yet, but it will, scientists say. […]

  • Should I stay or should I go?
    on June 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Researchers have been studying evacuation data and have published two new papers that may help to improve prediction models used by emergency planners, leading to more efficient evacuations and possibly saving lives. […]