Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Increase Globally

Climate change and its adverse effects are being felt around the world. But what do these things actually look like?

In the past decade, scientists have witnessed a rapid and steady increase in the number of large and dangerous hurricanes as well as tropical storms.

Since the start of 2007, the National Hurricane Center has documented a consistent increase in the number of hurricanes that make landfall, with a peak in 2008. Since 2008, the number of hurricanes have increased in rate, despite not being as strong as the one in 2008.

Hurricane Jose is a major hurricane in the Atlantic, while Hurricane Jose has a tropical storm in the Pacific.

Hurricane seasons in the Atlantic are typically from June to September. Hurricane Andrew, the longest-lived tropical storm in the Atlantic, has only been recorded in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

This past decade has also seen a steady increase in the number of tropical storms.

Tropical storms can cause significant disruption to coastal communities. They have a devastating impact on residences and communal areas on the coast, as well as destroying boats and harbors that are necessary for commerce.

 Tropical storms always have a death toll as well, but animals also die from these storms

In the Atlantic, the Caribbean and other coastal regions have not been spared. Tropical storms have been observed in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States. 

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has recorded a total of 6,641 tropical cyclones since 1958. More than 90% of these have impacted the Bahamas. 

The number of tropical storms has increased by 50% since 2007. Scientists are tracking this trend with much greater precision, and have begun to notice slight the upward trend of 

We can’t be sure that all of this is related to climate change. This past decade was also the warmest decade recorded by the National Hurricane Center.

What was known is that if we could predict the seasons and predict when a tropical storm would appear, so we could prepare for it. But because of the irregular patterns of storms due to climate change, prediction and preparation for these storms goes out the window. 

While it is true that scientists are working hard to understand and predict the behavior of tropical storms, they are not yet sure how they will behave in the future.

The worry is tropical storms will also increase in locations I which they occur, causing more damage to even more coastal communities.

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