Sep 11, 2019

Scientists Say Climate Change Will Bring More Storms Like Hurricane Dorian

The Bahamas
by
Jess Nelson
,
Miami New Times
Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane to hit the Bahamas since records began in 1851. Credit: NOAA GOES East Satellite
Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane to hit the Bahamas since records began in 1851. Credit: NOAA GOES East Satellite

Florida has always had hurricanes, but climate change will make them bigger, stronger, slower, and deadlier. Tom Knutson, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says the evidence that a warming world is producing stronger hurricanes is greater than the evidence against it. Last week, in a webinar hosted by Climate Central, Knutson reviewed recent scientific research about how hurricanes are changing  Evidence suggests a warmer climate will not necessarily result in more hurricanes, but it will increase the likelihood that these storms transform into extreme weather events such as Dorian.

"The frequency is not changing, but the intensity is," Knutson says. "The number of storms may not increase, but those that reach Category 4 or 5 hurricanes will."