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Warmer Oceans Could Cause More Powerful Storms

22.01.2016 10:20 Age: 2 yrs

Simulations of Hurricane Sandy with warmer ocean temperatures resulted in storms more than twice as destructive as Sandy, according to new research

Click to enlarge. This image depicts the output of a computer model designed to reproduce the weather conditions that created Hurricane (later Superstorm) Sandy in October 2012, with one key difference: The model included higher sea surface temperatures, which resulted in storms more than twice as destructive as Sandy. Courtesy: William Lau/UMD/ESSIC

Click to enlarge. This satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012, shortly before it made landfall and was renamed a superstorm. Courtesy: NASA/GOES


From the University of Maryland

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What would happen to Superstorm Sandy under the influence of a substantially warmer Atlantic Ocean? by William K. M.Lau, J. J. Shi, W. K. Tao and K. M. Kim published in Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2015GL067050.

Read the abstract and get the paper here.


University of Maryland news release here.