Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rice Univ Climate Expert: Warmer Seas Mean Stronger Hurricanes

At a presentation I attended last week by Rice University Climate expert, Ron Sass, one chart caught my attention.

In short, it shows that the warmer the ocean, the more powerful will be the hurricanes produced over a hotter ocean.

Hurricanes feed off the warm waters. The warmer the water, the more of the oceans heat is pulled into the storm, fueling it into a bigger and more powerful force.

Coastal residents should counter this threat by "hardening" their homes and offices from higher hurricane-force winds that will be coming our way.

This means protecting their weakest link - windows - from breach by bigger storms, hail, tornadoes, etc. It's too late to do it when the storm is rolling our way.

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