This week marks seven years since the US was hit by a major hurricane, and it has been more than 20 years since the US was hit by a category five hurricane.
Scientists celebrate the record calm by making up a new way to prove that hurricanes are getting stronger.
New Study Ties Hurricane Strength To Global Warming
One of the major unanswered questions about climate change is whether hurricanes have become more frequent and stronger as the world has warmed. Until now, there hasn’t been enough evidence to settle the question, but a report published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may have changed all that. Using an entirely new method of tallying hurricane power and frequency, a team of scientists say that hurricanes are, indeed, more of a danger when ocean temperatures are higher.
The only well defined number in climate science is the amount of money they receive in funding. All other numbers are completely flexible.