Climate Change: Extreme Weather Events.
Extreme weather events are getting much more common. A once in a lifetime hurricane happens twice in 10 years, but is this an indicator of climate?
Hurricanes are one of the most destructive forces of nature. It’s the strongest storm on Earth. It is a rotary (cyclonic) storm. Developing hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. The addition of moisture by evaporation from the sea surface powers them.
A hurricane has several factors that help to define it.
- Winds that have reached a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more.
- The eye of a storm is usually 20-30 miles wide and may extend over 400 miles
Hurricanes must have several conditions present.
- Low-pressure system
- Warm temperatures over the Ocean
- Ocean depth of…