Climate Change – The Hurricane Season
Today (June 1st) is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The eastern Pacific’s first named storm of the year, Amanda, has tracked across central America, causing a lot of flash flood damage, and is now entering the Bay of Campeche, after staying offshore and drenching the Yucatan peninsula. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) gives it a 90% chance of restrengthening to a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, which would make it the earliest third named Atlantic storm on record. It would be rechristened ‘Cristobal’. The current record for the earliest third Atlantic named storm is Colin, which was named on June 5, 2016. This very strongly suggests that global warming is extending and intensifying the hurricane season, which has always been a ‘no brainer’ prediction by climate scientists. The NHC predicts an above average hurricane season.
Did some googling, and found that current Arctic Ocean ice volume is only the sixth lowest on record, which makes the current extremely high Jan-Apr global temperature anomaly pretty mysterious. I still think it’s related to decreasing winter Arctic ocean ice volume, but global warming is going to spring many surprises. Awaiting the May global temperature anomaly with interest. Should be out in two weeks.
1 June, 2020
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