Tropical Cyclone Mocha's Intensification Fits Climate-driven Pattern
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Tropical Cyclone Mocha, which struck Myanmar and Bangladesh as a high-end Category 4 storm on Sunday, is a catastrophic example of a rapidly strengthening storm — one that leaps multiple intensity categories.
In recent years, some astonishing feats of rapid intensification have occurred.
- For example, Hurricane Ian, which devastated southwestern Florida last year, jumped from a Category 3 to Category 5 storm (it was recently retroactively upgraded) between Sept. 27 and 28.
- Typhoon Noru, which struck the Philippines last year, catapulted from a Category 1 to a Category 5 Super Typhoon in 24 hours, ranking it as one of the fastest intensification rates for any tropical cyclone on record.
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