Recent patterns of hurricanes have sparked fear and panic across the world. After events like Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey causing billions of dollars of damage and costing many people their homes and even their lives, people have become very worried about the patterns of hurricanes. In the article by Time Magazine, “5 Ways Hurricanes May Make Storms Worse,” scientists discuss five factors that play into the intensifying patterns of storms.
One major factor is hot air. As air warms, it rises and creates low pressure beneath it, which acts as a suction and draws in more warm, surrounding air. When this happens over the ocean, the hot air begins to carry water with it, which makes for another dangerous factor, warm water. Warm water provides the storm with the fuel it needs to continue churning and growing. Dangerous currents due to warm water rerouting or slowing down currents can steer these storms into areas that would be detrimental to human life. Deep oceans create massive storm surges that could cause devastating damage. Clear air allows for the earth to heat faster because there are no pollutants obstructing UV rays, which ultimately intensify hurricane patterns.
Even though, we cannot say that climate change is causing more hurricanes, we can definitely say that effects of climate change are intensifying storm patterns of hurricanes.Tags: Climate Change future Pollution weather