Climate Breakthroughs 2021

Atlantic hurricane season starts soon - here's what forecasters are looking for

Hurricanes live in the atmosphere, but they are fed by the ocean. Image: Unsplash/ Chaz McGregor

Kristopher Karnauskas

Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

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Tropical storms have sustained wind speeds of 39-73 miles per hour; Image: National Hurricane Center
Puffs of clouds off Africa have the potential to become tropical storms. Image: NOAA
Warm water helped Hurricane Michael grow into a huge, destructive storm in 2018. Image: NASA Earth Observatory
Hurricanes mix the ocean water as they move and leave a cooler wake in the warm surface water. Image: Karnauskas, Zhang, and Emanuel 2021
How El Niño and its opposite, La Niña, affect hurricanes. Image: NOAA Climate.gov
Twenty years of National Hurricane Center storm track data show patterns. Image: Nilfanion

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