From USA Today:
Hurricanes have grown fiercer in recent decades, spurred by global warming, and even tougher storms are likely on the way, a researcher predicts.
In his new study, ocean climatologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, suggests that the power of big ocean storms has increased and will continue to do so, even if their numbers stay the same.
Scientists had not correlated the frequency, intensity and duration of the storms until now, he says, but past reports have raised questions:
• Hurricane and cyclone reported durations have increased by roughly 60% since 1949.
• Average peak storm wind speeds have increased about 50% since the 1970s.
• Sea surface temperatures have swung upwards since 1975 at rates that exceed normal swings from regular El Niño or Atlantic cycles.
But here in the US we will no doubt continue to hide our heads in the sand.