Monday, August 15, 2016

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Hurricane Patricia, one of the strongest hurricanes on record, as it neared the coast of Mexico in October 2015. (Credit: NASA) Click to Enlarge.
Over the course of more than a decade of research, scientists studying how the steady warming of the planet might impact hurricanes have become fairly certain that such storms will become more intense as the Earth continues to heat up.  But they haven’t been able to consistently detect such a trend, despite the clear temperature rise over the past century.

That could be because tiny particles called aerosols are having the opposite effect, a new study in a recent issue of the journal Science suggests.  But that won’t be the case forever, as the influence of warming will eventually win out and the increase in hurricane intensity will become clear, the study authors say.

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