Meteorologist explains recent hurricane activity, climate change

Meteorologist explains recent hurricane activity, climate change

NOAA scientists conclude that climate change does not have detectable impact on current hurricane activity. Local meteorologist explain what's behind the recent major hurricane activity.

"It's not uncommon in early September to have lets says three named storms, but to have three major hurricanes that's a different story," said Eric Horst, Meteorology Professor at Millersville University.

Harvey maxed out as a category four storm. Irma makes landfall as a category four hurricane in the Keys. Prior to that Irma maintained a category five status for days battering the Caribbean. Then there's Jose, a few days back reaching category four status swirling in the Atlantic. There is a real reason.

"The water temperatures are running warmer this summer, and there's also not a lot of shear which disturbs cyclone rotation," said Horst.

The ingredients that present a more favorable environment for major hurricanes.

"Heading into the season there are a lot of indications this could be a very busy season," said Horst.

Meteorology Professor Eric Horst from Millersville University notes that prior to this year there's been a lull in major hurricane development.

"We're in a major hurricane drought, it's been almost twelve years since a major hurricane has hit the United States"

"The long term average is one every seven or eight years," said Horst.

Horst can conclude that storms of this magnitude happened way back in the day. This was well before climate change was a thing.

"Hurricanes, you can go back a hundred years you find hurricanes that were just as strong like we've seen this summer, there rare events, so when you have two of them occur back to back that gets some people talking," said Horst.

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