Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • Undeterred, Gulf fish spawn despite hurricane
    on November 7, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Even a Category 4 hurricane doesn't kill the mood for coastal fish -- and that's good news for all species, as well as for a multibillion-dollar recreational fishing industry. As extreme weather patterns threaten to bring more and larger storms to the Gulf Coast, new findings show some important fish species are able to continue spawning even in a severe storm. […]

  • Culture strongly influences coping behaviors after natural disasters
    on November 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Demographic and cultural differences strongly influence the coping styles young people use when they're affected by a natural disaster, and these disparities should be taken into account when providing services to help them recover from these traumatic experiences, researchers say. […]

  • Monitoring air pollution after Hurricane Maria
    on October 31, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, the storm devastated the island's electrical grid, leaving many people without power for months. This lack of electricity, as well as other storm-related damage, prevented air-quality monitoring in many areas. Now researchers have shown that low-cost sensors that run on solar energy can be used to monitor air pollution after a disaster. […]

  • Strong Indian monsoons steer Atlantic hurricanes towards land, study finds
    on October 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they'll make landfall in the Americas, according to new research. […]

  • Wind farms and reducing hurricane precipitation
    on October 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    New research reveals an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: the ability to lessen precipitation from hurricanes. […]

  • All eyes on Hurricane Michael
    on October 10, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm -- the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region. Many NASA instruments are keeping tabs on Michael from space. […]

  • Experiencing extreme weather is not enough to convince climate change skeptics
    on October 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Experiencing extreme weather is not enough to convince climate change skeptics than humans are damaging the environment, a new study shows. […]

  • New weather model could increase tornado-warning times
    on October 1, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Researchers have obtained data from recent next-generation satellites in a numerical weather-prediction model used to provide guidance for tornadic thunderstorm forecasting. […]

  • Climate change modifies the composition of reefs
    on September 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink. A study has analyzes for the first time why gorgonians are more resistant than corals to human impacts and global climate change. […]

  • NASA gets inside look at large and powerful Hurricane Florence
    on September 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the large and powerful Hurricane Florence early on Sept. 13, 2018 that indicated wind shear was temporarily affecting the southern side of the storm. […]

  • Recommendations aimed at preparing Puerto Rico for hurricane season
    on August 28, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Researchers have estimated there were 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria from September 2017 through the end of February 2018. The researchers also identified gaps in the death certification and public communication processes and went on to make recommendations that will help prepare Puerto Rico for future hurricanes and other natural disasters. […]

  • Bird feared extinct rediscovered in the Bahamas
    on August 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, has been rediscovered by research teams searching the island of Grand Bahama. The finding is particularly significant because the species had been feared extinct following the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and had not been found in subsequent searches. But it is feared that there could only be two left -- placing the species on the verge of extinction and certainly among the world's most critically endangered birds. […]

  • What is the maximum possible number of Atlantic tropical cyclones? See the year 2005
    on August 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Climate simulations and analyses of Atlantic hurricane activity indicate that the record number of tropical cyclones that occurred in 2005 (28 storms) is close to the maximum number that might occur in this region, given existing climate conditions. […]

  • NASA gets up close with Greenland's melting ice
    on August 21, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    With a new research plane and a new base to improve its chances of outsmarting Atlantic hurricanes, NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign takes to the sky this week for its third year of gathering data on how the ocean around Greenland is melting its glaciers. […]

  • Harmful bacteria thrived in post-Hurricane Harvey floodwaters
    on August 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, bringing more than 50 inches of rain and extreme flooding to the city of Houston. In addition to wreaking havoc on buildings and infrastructure, urban floodwaters harbor hidden menaces in the form of bacteria that can cause disease. Now, researchers have surveyed the microbes that lurked in Houston floodwaters, both inside and outside of homes. […]

  • Children are highly vulnerable to health risks of a changing climate
    on August 6, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Children and adolescents are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters because of their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychologic differences compared to adults. Researchers set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climate change on the world's 2.3 billion children and suggest ways to address their under-prioritized needs. […]

  • Possible connection between U.S. tornado activity, Arctic sea ice
    on August 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    The effects of global climate change taking place in the Arctic may influence weather much closer to home for millions of Americans, researchers report. […]

  • Death toll from Hurricane Maria estimated to be larger than previously thought
    on August 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    The number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria -- which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017 -- may be as high as 1,139, surpassing the official death count of 64, according to researchers. […]

  • Fecal bacteria contaminated surface water after Hurricane Harvey
    on August 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Research by a civil and environmental engineering professor has substantiated that Hurricane Harvey caused high levels of fecal contamination to be introduced into waterways draining into the Gulf of Mexico and impairing surface water quality. […]

  • Solar flares disrupted radio communications during September 2017 Atlantic hurricanes
    on July 30, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to a new study. The new research, which details how the events on the Sun and Earth unfolded side-by-side, could aid in the development of space weather forecasting and response, according to the study's authors. […]

  • Flood detection a surprising capability of microsatellites mission
    on July 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Hurricanes bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to coastal communities, a potent combination that can lead to devastating damage. […]

  • Leggy lizards and hurricane survival
    on July 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Biologists have published a first-of-its-kind look at the physical characteristics of lizards that seem to make the difference between life and death in a hurricane. […]

  • Sahara dust may make you cough, but it's a storm killer
    on July 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa -- totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide -- has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks. The good news: the same dust appears to be a severe storm killer. […]

  • Researchers to present new results on hurricanes and other extreme events
    on July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    In the past year, extreme events -- including hurricanes, droughts and wildfires -- have plagued the U.S., affecting natural habitats and human communities. Scientists are presenting the latest research findings on these events at the 2018 Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting. […]

  • More category 5 hurricanes forecasted by scientists
    on July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Researchers have learned from studying 2012's Hurricane Sandy, that we are more likely to see larger, more powerful hurricanes in the future. […]

  • Mangroves to mudflats and not back again
    on July 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    The long-term conversion of mangroves to mudflats can lead to destabilization of shorelines, negatively impacting their resilience to extreme weather events. […]

  • NASA surveys hurricane damage to Puerto Rico's forests
    on July 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria barreled across Puerto Rico with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and battering rain that flooded towns, knocked out communications networks and destroyed the power grid. In the rugged central mountains and the lush northeast, Maria unleashed its fury as fierce winds completely defoliated the tropical forests and broke and uprooted trees. Heavy rainfall triggered thousands of landslides that mowed over swaths of steep mountainsides. […]

  • Coastal nuisance flooding linked to special type of slow-moving ocean wave
    on July 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    A team of international researchers has found a link between seasonal fluctuations in sea level to a long-time phenomenon -- Rossby Waves. And this connection may lead to a new tool to help. […]

  • Below-average hurricane activity forecast for 2018
    on July 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The UA hurricane forecasting model, which has proved to be extremely accurate over the years, is calling for fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic this year on the heels of a devastating 2017. […]

  • Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's bad news
    on June 8, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study. […]