The World Has Never Seen a Category 6 Hurricane, but the Day May Be Coming
(TNS) — As a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of 4 feet of rain.
Everyone east of Dixie Highway is ordered evacuated, for fear of a menacing storm surge. Forecasters debate whether the storm will generate the 200 mph winds to achieve Category 6 status.
That is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research.
Some changes — such as the slowing of hurricanes’ forward motion and the worsening of storm surges from rising sea levels — are happening now. Other effects, such as their increase in strength, may have already begun but are difficult to detect, considering all of the other climate forces at work.
Source: Disaster Recovery Journal