Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • 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. […]

  • Study estimates increased death rate in Puerto Rico in months after Hurricane Maria
    on May 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    The mortality rate in Puerto Rico rose by 62 percent [95 percent confidence interval (CI) 11percent to 114 percent] after Hurricane Maria, according to a new study. […]

  • Hurricanes: Stronger, slower, wetter in the future?
    on May 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Scientists have developed a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would be different if they formed under the conditions predicted for the late 21st century. […]

  • Lightning in the eyewall of a hurricane beamed antimatter toward the ground
    on May 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Hurricane Patricia, which battered the west coast of Mexico in 2015, was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Amid the extreme violence of the storm, scientists observed something new: a downward beam of positrons, the antimatter counterpart of electrons, creating a burst of powerful gamma-rays and X-rays. […]

  • During disasters, active Twitter users likely to spread falsehoods
    on May 12, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    During disasters, active Twitter users are likely to spread falsehoods. That's according to new research that examined false tweets from Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. Researchers found that 86 to 91 percent of active Twitter users spread misinformation, and that nearly as many did nothing to correct it. […]

  • Record-breaking ocean heat fueled Hurricane Harvey
    on May 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Record-hot Gulf of Mexico waters supercharged Hurricane Harvey, fueling it with vast stores of water and setting the stage for devastating flooding after it stalled near Houston. […]

  • Powerful hurricanes strengthen faster now than 30 years ago
    on May 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Hurricanes that intensify rapidly -- a characteristic of almost all powerful hurricanes -- do so more strongly and quickly now than they did 30 years ago, according to a new study. The phenomenon is due largely to a climate cycle known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. […]

  • La Niña-like ocean cooling patterns intensify northwestern Pacific tropical cyclones
    on May 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Atmospheric researchers report that a strong connection between sea surface temperature patterns is associated with the Global Warming Hiatus and changes in cyclone activity over the northwest Pacific Ocean, particularly increasing intensities in coastal regions of East Asia. […]

  • Hurricane Harvey: Most fatalities occurred outside flood zones, Dutch-Texan research shows
    on April 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Scientists found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. […]