Do you know that the rising global temperatures are slowing down the frequent occurrences of the hurricanes and typhoons? Yes! You read it right. The global warming is responsible for the slowing down of dangerous tropical cyclones.
When you look back about seventy years, it was a period when our planet faced a rise in temperature of about 0.5oC. Meanwhile, there was a reduction in the rate of the weather systems that moved across the Blue Planet. The decline rate was around ten percent on an average.
This declined rate in the weather system was mainly witnessed in the northern part of the globe. The decline in the tropical cyclones occurrence is due to the weakening of the winds that blow across the planet.
The enormous storm that devastated Texas at the end of 2017 brought about fifty inches of rain on Houston. The rain lasted for about five days. Fifty inches of rain corresponds to 127cm in the metrics system. The cyclone took a toll of approximately eighty-nine lives. The flooding which marked its presence on account of the heavy rain displaced about thirty thousand people. In addition to deaths, the flood water damaged about two lakh homes and businesses.
Dr. James Kossin says, “as little as a 10 percent slowdown in tropical cyclones could double future rainfall and flooding impacts.” Dr. James Kossin is a researcher behind the study and hails from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The results of the study mark their presence in the Journal Nature. Dr. Kossin describes his findings as “of great importance to society.” His theory adds on to the existing evidence that the climate change is responsible for the net increase in the severity of the natural calamities.