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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms
Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather experts have linked global warming to rising tides, volatile weather, and super storms such as Sandy and Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan is the most powerful typhoon ever recorded in history, and meteorologists warn it may not be the last.
Climatologists have found that warmer ocean waters resulting from higher global temperatures cause cyclones to increase their intensity, becoming rapidly more violent. (Collectively referred to as cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes and cyclonic storms are all the same kind of weather pattern; their name simply changes depending on where they occur.) Cyclones form when ocean upperwaters reach more than 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and become increasingly violent as they draw their energy from the water’s heat. This means that the warmer the oceans are, the worse the storms will be in the future.
Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Phillipines, and officials speculate that as many as 10,000 people may have died during the onslaught of water. The storm hit just before the United Nations climate talks began in Warsaw, hammering home the absolute validity of such a conference. The UN was mandated by the Intergovernmentlal Panel on Climate Change to discuss risks of climate change, and to issue a scientific assessment. The UN climate talks in Warsaw will continue until November 22.
Via Phys Org
Lead Photo © Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT
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