Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • 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. […]

  • Unprecedented psychological distress months after Hurricane Harvey
    on April 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Four months after Hurricane Harvey soaked the Houston area and displaced more than a third of the population, an alarming 52 percent of Harris County residents said they were still struggling to recover. […]

  • Hawaiian-language newspapers illuminate an 1871 hurricane
    on April 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    A major hurricane struck the islands of Hawai'i and Maui on Aug. 9, 1871, and wrought widespread destruction from Hilo to Lahaina. A recent study revealed how historical Hawaiian-language newspapers expand knowledge of this and other natural disasters of the past. […]

  • Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms
    on April 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Coral reefs can naturally protect coasts from tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they reach the shore, according to scientists. Tropical cyclones wreak havoc on coastal infrastructure, marine habitats and coastal populations across the world. However, experts say that for coastlines facing a direct cyclone impact, a fringing reef can protect the beach from extensive erosion. […]

  • Proper data analysis might be among Hurricane Maria's casualties
    on April 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    The ability to use statistics to guide decision-making may be collateral damage of Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to Puerto Rico, according to a demographer. […]

  • Are fire ants worse this spring because of Hurricane Harvey?
    on March 27, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Ecologists are checking to see if Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented floods gave a competitive boost to fire ants and crazy ants, two of southeast Texas' least favorite uninvited guests. […]

  • Preventing hurricanes using air bubbles
    on March 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Many people have tried to find ways of preventing hurricanes before they make landfall, resulting in the loss of human lives. Researchers believe that the answer lies in cold bubbles. […]

  • Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job
    on March 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    A new study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations. […]

  • Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people
    on March 15, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations. […]

  • Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making
    on March 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    US cities facing sea level rise need to look beyond traditional strategies for managing issues such as critical erosion and coastal squeeze, according to new research. Civil society initiatives must now play a crucial role in adapting society to climate change, the study argues. […]

  • Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons' seismic footprints
    on February 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    A remarkable collaboration between atmospheric science and geophysics could change the way we think about storms and seismicity, and could lead to an answer to the often-asked 'Are hurricanes getting stronger?' The team has identified the seismic footprint of typhoons and hurricanes, which allows climate scientists to add decades to their dataset of powerful storms. […]

  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria temporarily altered choruses of land and sea animals
    on February 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Audio recordings of Hurricanes Irma and Maria's passage over Puerto Rico document how the calls of coastal critters changed in response to the deadly storms. The hurricanes caused a major disruption in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp, a reduction in insect and bird sounds, and potentially an intensification of fish choruses, according to new research. […]

  • Don't blame hurricanes for most big storm surges in Northeast
    on February 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern US, right? Wrong, according to a new study. Extratropical cyclones, including nor'easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the new study. They include a freak November 1950 storm and devastating nor'easters in March 1962 and December 1992. […]

  • Innovative restoration of coral reefs helps protect Caribbean islands
    on February 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Researchers have measured the protective role of coral reefs and field-tested a solution that reduces coastal risks by combining innovative engineering with restoration ecology. […]

  • Texas flood: Researchers compare pollution levels before and after Hurricane Harvey
    on February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Recent years have seen rising interest in improving post-disaster research. Although understanding the wide-ranging effects of disasters is vital for an effective public health response, a lack of baseline data has made it difficult to attribute post-disaster changes in environmental conditions to the impacts of disasters. […]

  • Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that
    on February 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Life-cycle engineers incorporate -- for the first time -- the three most common failure modes for bridges vulnerable to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis into a risk assessment framework to optimize retrofitting strategies. […]