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Tropical cyclones are increasing in intensity, according to 30 years of research

Weak tropical cyclones have gotten at least 15% more intense over the past 30 years. Image: Unsplash/NASA

Wei Mei

Postdoctoral Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Shang Ping-Xie

Roger Revelle Professor of Climate Science, University of California

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Map showing the drifters are currently operating around the world to measure tropical cyclones.
Over 1,100 drifters are currently tracking tropical cyclones around the world. The US (blue dots) operates over 430 of them. Image: NOAA

Examples of NOAA’s drifters and the drogue that helps stabilize them even during tropical cyclones.
Examples of NOAA’s drifters and the drogue that helps stabilize them even during tropical cyclones. Image: NOAA


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