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Still Waters

New data: Hurricanes will get worse

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Hurricane Harvey, which inundated the Houston area with up to 60 inches of rain last August, was one of the most outlandish storms ever to hit the U.S. Ironically, it crossed a Gulf of Mexico that had been calm for days and quickly quieted again afterward. This rare situation allowed scientists to obtain unusually specific data about the ocean before and after the hurricane, and about the storm’s energy and moisture.

Last week researchers published that data in Earth’s Future. The numbers indicate the amount of energy Harvey pulled from the ocean, in the form of rising water vapor, equaled the amount of energy it dropped over land in the form of rain—the first time such an equivalence has been documented.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-data-hurricanes-will-get-worse/

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I can believe that. Parts of the US are experiencing changes in the climate. I just finally broke down and put the heat on again for awhile. It's been so damp and cold. We had some sunny days, but mostly it's 60 and so damp. Nice follow-up to all the nor'easters.

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