INTERNATIONAL — The natural disasters that have plagued the Earth so far have been somewhat perplexing to scientists. As of September
That equals 36 named storms that have turned into hurricanes, cyclones, or typhoons in 2017 as of the writing of this article.
WHY IS THE HURRICANE SEASON SO BAD THIS YEAR?
Only in 5 years since 1995 have since we’ve seen as many storms reach category 3 or higher. As bad as this hurricane season has been, it hasn’t been entirely unheard of. That being said, according to meteorologist Bob Henson: “We’re running at about twice the pace of a typical season.”
The even more concerning part to meteorologists and other scientists is the equation of both the intensity of the storms and the frequency of them. While browsing social media, or watching the news, it’s felt like these storms have been back to back to back. And the hurricane season doesn’t end until about November 30th, and who knows what could develop between now and then.
However, this might not end up being the most active year on season, though maybe the most intense. According to the NYTimes, 2005 had 28 named storms in the Atlantic. 2005, of course, being the year Hurricane Katrina formed.
This year has been so active and intense because of a few reasons. National Geographic reported that the surface sea temperatures were higher than normal, and that the conditions in the atmosphere were particularly “hurricane-friendly” this year. This year, as well, has been particularly favorable to landfall, which isn’t something that always happens. Just because the hurricane season is more active doesn’t necessarily mean there will be major amounts of landfall as a result. Unfortunately, 2017 has had extremely bad luck as far as the landfall count.
Climate change seems to be a major factor as well, as suspected by many scientists. With that said, more research needs to be done to see just how much climate change is effecting the overall intensity of storms. At the moment, it is thought that climate change will continue to make hurricanes more and more intense as the years march on. It should be noted, though, that a ‘Category 6’ hurricane does not exist, despite what you may have seen on social media.