Global Warming Effects On Hurricanes

Global Warming’s Effects on Hurricanes
by Mnemo

Global warming has intensified greatly over the years. It affects many things, such as the global temperature and sea level, to name a few examples. The question of whether it has affected hurricane strength significantly is still under debate. Meteorologists have created models to help them better understand how global warming will play a part in this. The water temperature has been the warmest in North America on record in the past decade, and the amount of water vapor around the world has increased by 2% since 1988. Computer models designed by scientists, show that these seemingly slight changes in the climate will push hurricanes to their extremes. The increase in water vapor will add to more flooding when each hurricane hits.

This situation is truly a vicious cycle: the glaciers in the Poles melt, they add more water to the oceans, the sun’s radiation (after being intensified by the decrease of protective gases in the atmosphere) heats up the water, and hurricanes form in the warmer water. The hurricanes are thus strengthened by the warmer temperature of the water than they normally would be.

Websites:

http://www.livescience.com/environment/050616_hurricane_warm.html

http://zfacts.com/p/205.html

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