Thursday, November 01, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and climate change

While the SSTs did not cause Sandy to curve into New Jersey, they quite likely caused Sandy to be stronger. Our new research shows that the limiting intensity of hurricanes (how strong hurricanes can get as a statistical limit) relates to SST at about 8 m/s/C.  With SSTs in the path of Sandy that were 2-3 C warmer than is typical, we would predict a strong hurricane to be twice as strong on average.  Read more.

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