Thursday, 18 October, 2018

East Pacific's 1st named storm stronger, no threat to land

East Pacific's 1st named storm stronger, no threat to land East Pacific's 1st named storm stronger, no threat to land
Sandra Phillips | 08 June, 2018, 21:07

Tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did past year, a new study found.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Aletta was centered about 350 miles (565 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, Wednesday morning.

The research, published today in the journal Nature, measured cyclones from 1949 to 2016 and found that the speed at which they move has slowed by 10 percent.

Slower-moving storms mean greater rainfall totals, as seen with Hurricane Harvey in Texas past year.

"The slower the storm gets, the more rain an area will get", said Jim Kossin.

A scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found a link between global warming and the speed of hurricanes.

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According to a study released on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did.

"The storms will stay in your neighbourhoods longer", he said. He showed that from 1949 to 2016, tropical cyclones across the globe slowed their movement by 10 percent on average.

"Every one of the hazards that we know tropical cyclones carry with them, all of them are just going to stick around longer", Kossin said. Given that storms in some regions are migrating poleward and already increasing in intensity, cyclones delivering unusually powerful bouts of rain may threaten places not normally in their path.

In an editorial accompanying Kossin's work, she points out that it raises several new questions.

"These trends are nearly certainly increasing local rainfall totals and freshwater flooding", Kossin said, "which is associated with very high mortality risk". "That has serious implications for inland flooding and urban infrastructure".

"Roughly 7 percent more water vapor per degree C of warming", Kossin said.

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