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Future Hurricanes: Fast Like Ike or Slow Like Harvey?

Climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the late 21st century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike, compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey, says new research.

by |July 6, 2020
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What the Forecast for an Active Hurricane Season Means for the Atlantic Region

Climate scientist Suzana Camargo shares some cautionary words.

by |June 4, 2020

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.

by |March 9, 2020

Damaging Rains From Hurricanes Can Be More Intense After Winds Subside

According to new research, the rains that come once the storm has weakened may actually be more intense than when the storm is at its strongest.

by |December 3, 2019
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Adam Sobel Testifies on Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Uncertainty is Not Our Friend

In a hearing of the House Science Committee, the meteorologist weighed in on heatwaves and hurricanes, and underscored the need for action.

by |September 26, 2019

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects the U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

A new study finds that as air circulation patterns change with the climate, coastal states could get hit with stronger hurricanes.

by |May 24, 2019
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Large Volcanic Eruptions Can Alter Hurricane Strength and Frequency

A new study is the first to untangle the effects of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events on hurricane patterns.

by |April 1, 2019

Hurricane Maria Study Warns: Climate-Driven Storms May Raze Many Tropical Forests

Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere.

by |March 25, 2019
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Is Climate Change Already Making Hurricanes Stronger?

A new project is looking for the fingerprints of climate change in the hurricanes of today, so we’ll know what to expect in the near future.

by |March 5, 2019
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When Is a Sea Wall a Good Idea?

Scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute are using simulations to test how well different methods protect coastal areas from hurricanes and sea level rise.

by |September 13, 2018