NOAA-led study: Tropical cyclone 'maximum intensity' is shifting toward poles


Researchers find that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980

May 14, 2014

Typhoon Francisco and Super Typhoon Lekima on October 23, 2013 as they tracked northwestward toward China and Japan. (Credit: Tim Olander and Rick Kohrs, SSEC/CIMSS/UW-Madison, based on Japan Meteorological Agency data.)

Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both the northern and southern hemispheres at a rate of about 35 miles, or one-half a degree of latitude, per decade according to a new study, The Poleward Migration of the Location of Tropical Cyclone Maximum Intensity, published tomorrow in Nature.

As tropical cyclones move into higher latitudes, some regions closer to the equator

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Droughts, storms and sea level rise: The impacts of climate change are already here

 An expert explains what to expect from the new U.N. climate report                      



A pair of cyclists ride along the sea wall during the storm surge floods in Brisbane, Australia on January 27, 2013.   (Credit: Silken Photography/Shutterstock)

Monday, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set to unveil the latest installment in its fifth assessment report. The last one focused on the science behind climate change; this new, 29-page report will detail its impacts, along with what we can do to minimize and adapt to the worst of it. Early indications suggest that the consensus will be cautious, but insistent: The effects of climate change are real, and we’re experiencing them now.

Salon spoke with Forbes

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ImpactWeather Releases 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook


Wednesday, 26 March 2014 | 10:00

Predicting the development of an El Niño by July or August, ImpactWeather has released its 2014 Seasonal Outlook for Atlantic Hurricanes, which factors in El Niño influence to produce a less active than normal hurricane season this year. Senior ImpactWeather Meteorologists Fred Schmude and Chris Hebert provide the following outlook, based on averages of past seasons, ocean temperature trends and elevated wind shear across the Tropical Atlantic:


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Intense (Cat 3-4-5) Hurricanes


A less active than normal hurricane season is not a reason to rest easy for people and businesses located along the United States coast. Some of history’s most devastating storms occurred in years when overall hurricane activity was quite low.
“We advise our clients not to

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Measuring the ocean waves




Last updated 07:55 03/03/2014
MetOcean Solutions founder and managing director Peter McComb followed surf around the world before starting up the company that now has offices in the New Plymouth and Raglan.

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For the second in a series on innovative Taranaki businesses, Susan Strongman talks to MetOcean Solutions' Peter McComb about how the multi-million dollar business was inspired by his

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