Climate Change

How a warm Atlantic Ocean caused the record hurricane season

A vehicle drives along Ocean Drive in South Beach as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Similar storms could become much more frequent. Image: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Daisy Dunne
Science Writer, Carbon Brief
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 The paths travelled by tropical storms (blue) and hurricanes (categories one to five; yellow to red) during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
Image: Source: Murakami et al. (2018)
 A comparison of the observed (top) and predicted (bottom) major hurricane (MH) density over the tropical and sub-tropical Atlantic and Pacific during the 2017 hurricane season, relative to the average during 1980-2017. Red and yellow show patches where major hurricane density is high, while dark blue, purple and green show where hurricane density is low
Image: Source: Murakami et al. (2018)
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