Baldwin quoted on unusual hurricane season

AirUCI faculty Jane Baldwin was quoted in an August 2nd Vox article about the unusual hurricane season this year.  With global ocean temperatures at record levels, more hurricanes were expected but a strong El Nino in the Pacific is tamping down hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, as El Ninos tend to do.  “There is a relationship between sea surface temperature warming and potential intensity of tropical cyclones, but also there’s a number of other factors at play,” says Jane. “It doesn’t really work to just say, ‘Because temperatures are increasing, we’re going to see more storms or stronger storms.’”  And the global climate is shifting into uncharted territory, so researchers must continue to adapt in order to anticipate these storms.  Read the article

Wednesday, August 2, 2023