Climate change likely to make Hurricane Irma much stronger: scientists

Irma, one of the most powerful Hurricanes in a century in the open Atlantic Ocean is likely fueled by climate change, according to the scientists.

Scientists say stronger Hurricane such Irma is likely to be linked with climate change.


Hurricane Irma made landfall on Wednesday in the Caribbean Islands and heads towards Florida which will damage so much property that would surpass the damages from Hurricane Katrina.

Irma comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey that smashes parts of Texas with winds and major flooding.

Climate scientist Anders Levermann at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said it is clear that the hurricanes get their destructive energy from the warmth of the ocean and the region’s water temperatures are super elevated.

Global warming caused by burning coal, oil and gas warms planet earth and that way provides a tropical storm with destructive energy, making it ever more powerful, said Anders Levermann.

UK’s Met Office’s hurricane expert Julian Heming said higher than average sea-surface temperatures are fueling Hurricane Irma, giving additional energy and moisture.

As a whole, Hurricane Irma is forecast to cause heavy rainfall, flash floods, extreme winds, life-threatening storm surge over a wide area.


Atmospheric Science Professor Kerry Emanuel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said global warming is creasing hurricane risks around the world and science is pretty confident about that.

In any case, researchers say that the most recent computer models demonstrate that as more carbon dioxide from human action makes the planet warm, tempests will convey more rain, higher breezes, and more noteworthy storm surges from rising oceans.

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Geosciences Professor Gabe Vecchi at the Princeton University said there have been 222 hurricanes in the Atlantic since 1982. Thirteen of which have been so intense they moved toward becoming Category 5 storms.

A large number of those storms came amid times of hotter sea temperatures, for example, in 2005, when there were four such strong storms, including Katrina and Rita, he said.

According to journal Nature Geosciences published in 2010, there will likely be an increase in intensity in hurricanes between 2 percent and 11 by 2100.

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