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Published:November 18th, 2012 17:59 EST
Superstorms: Direct Evidence of Global Warming

Superstorms: Direct Evidence of Global Warming

By Ron G Anselm

If you are thinking about starting a new career or changing your current one it may be a good idea to look into becoming a meteorologist with the increase in temperatures globally will come stronger hurricanes, more intense storms and probably a slew of upcoming disaster according to the new study out about global warming. You will probably have lots of job security with all that global warming is doing to our current weather patterns.

We have seen odd and out of the ordinary weather patterns within our country with warmer temperatures in the Great Northwest where it is normally cloudy, damp and cool year round and blistering temperatures in the Southwest that would burn a rattlesnakes behind as if it was sizzling on a Bar-B-Que.

One of our most recent hurricanes; Katrina sent storm surges into beach heads as if those beach heads were nothing more than low-lying swamp areas where water is as abundant as Friday night street racing is on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California.

According to an analysis of tide gauge records, storm surges similar to Hurricane Katrina`s have happened twice as often during warm years but trying to associate damage tropical storms like a good hurricane is not completely full proof when providing concrete evidence that climate change is for sure the culprit in determining the size and strength of these oversized windy thunderstorms that make a surfers fantasy of riding the ultimate wave come true.

Over the last century it seems that the amount of hurricanes has been on the rise but we also have to look at the weather records and the way these storms a century ago were forecasted and look at. We now have a lot better ways of detecting these storms. We also have to look at the storms that just flitter and burn out in the Atlantic and never reach land are not managed as a devastating hurricane we only look at the ones that reach land and leave their mark of destruction.

The study authors decided to look at storm surges, which are the "most harmful aspect of tropical cyclones in the current climate," they write. To find surge patterns, the team examined data from tide gauges that monitor sea level in the western Atlantic Ocean. (www.conservationmagazine.org)

The data and analysis presented in this study showed large storm surges have become more prevalent since 1923 which probably does point out the fact that global warming is playing a key role in the intensity of hurricanes. The team of researchers also hit the spectrum from the opposite end and studied cold and warm years in a separate research analysis and found that events comparable to Hurricane Katrina were about twice as frequent during the warm periods.

Another recent hurricane, Superstorm Sandy blasted through New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts and West Virginia. Are superstorms such as Sandy and Katrina a sign that our climate is in a phase of rapid change or simply at the beginning of a global climate cycle that occurs on a regular basis?

The evidence presented in this article would more than likely tell us that warmer climate and years that have higher global temperatures more than likely do put out stronger hurricanes and more intense storms than the cooler climate years but the research is ongoing and with the new evidence currently being looked at it will take more data to be studied over a longer period of time to be able to gather enough facts and present a mean average to support this hypothesis.

Source: Grinsted, A. et al. 2012. Homogeneous record of Atlantic hurricane surge threat since 1923. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209542109,

Gathering Storms, Warmer climate increases chances of Katrina-like hurricanes

(http://www.conservationmagazine.org) Retrieved October 2012.

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