FAQ’S ABOUT HURRICANES
FAQ’S about Hurricanes with short answers
4. Is there any relationship between global warming and hurricanes?
There are conflicting views on this, because so far there has not been strong evidence to be able to give an affirmative answer to the question. Whenever an extraordinary phenomenon happens, there has already been a precedent, many times 50 or 100 years ago when there was no talk of global warming. However, with the recent Hurricane Irma (Sep-2017) there was something unprecedented: for the first time a cyclone acquired category 5 in the Atlantic Ocean. During the same month, Hurricane Maria took a similar intensity, suggesting that the record high temperatures of these years do intensify the speed of hurricanes. Finally, the opinion of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), working in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose mission is "to promote scientific understanding of the climate and its variations and natural and anthropogenic impacts, as well as improving NOAA's predictive capabilities through the development and use of computer models of the Earth System, is of the opinion that “it is premature to conclude that human activities - and in particular the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming - have already had a detectable impact on the Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity".