Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Super storms

2017's hurricane season is over. Why was it so bad?

NOAA's GOES East satellite captured this infrared image of Hurricane Irma in the Bahamas at 4:45 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project


Yale Climate Connections, Florida Today & Gainesville Sun

Hurricane season just ended. Looking back on devastating storms like Harvey, Irma and Maria, you may wonder if climate change played a role. Carl Parker, hurricane specialist with The Weather Channel, says there’s little room for doubt that climate change is making hurricanes more intense. The main reason? Warmer ocean waters, he says, “there’s going to be more fuel, more power, for the hurricanes.”


Louisiana wetlands weaken as weeds take over

As a plague wipes out roseau cane, the sturdy marsh grass holding together much of the lower Mississippi River Delta, a different crop of plants is sprouting up. Problem is, they're flimsy replacements that do little to halt erosion or protect the coast from hurricanes and rising seas. Elephant ear is simply no match for extreme weather.