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Top Ten Tropical Cyclone Events of 2016 Potentially Influenced by Climate Change

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Figure 1. Global Category 5 tropical cyclones from 1990 – 2016, as rated by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. This time series is too short to make definitive conclusions about how climate change may be affecting these storms, though the past three years have had the highest 3-year total of Category 5 storms on record. The seven Category 5 storms of 2016 was the fifth highest yearly total on record.

January 1, 2017 — Tropical cyclones—which include all hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms and tropical depressions—are expected to change in intensity, frequency, location, and seasonality as a result of climate change. Many of the tropical cyclones of 2016 exhibited the type of behavior we expect to see more of due to global warming. Here, then, is a “top ten” list of 2016 tropical cyclone events of the type we should expect to see more of due to global warming. Continue reading Top Ten Tropical Cyclone Events of 2016 Potentially Influenced by Climate Change