Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are three different things while being the same. They name the same phenomenon. An immense air mass that twirls around a low atmospheric pressure heart. They are named differently depending on geography (the basin they occur) or structure (the intensity they have).
From a geographic perspective, they are hurricanes in the Atlantic and the northeastern Pacific oceans, cyclones in the Indian and South Pacific oceans, and typhoons in the northwestern Pacific.
Structurally, cyclones are considered the gentler versions of hurricanes and typhoons, depending on the hemisphere they occur. The typhoons are the larger cyclones in the Northern hemisphere and the hurricanes the larger cyclones in the Southern one.
New research on those devastating natural events says that they aren’t entirely natural anymore. They’ve become partially artificial due to the influence global warming has on them. And we know by now that global warming is our trademark.
The prediction of global warming intensifying the strength of cyclones was made long ago. But like most of the things concerning global warming they were dismissed. The new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences brings evidence that the predictions weren’t unreasonable. Hurricanes are getting stronger by the year.
Structurally speaking, the tropical cyclones are becoming hurricanes and the hurricanes are becoming major hurricanes. Studying the last 39 years of cyclonic activity, the 4,000 global tropical cyclones told the researchers that they got stronger. Form the 10 warmest years ever recorded, 8 were part of the 39.
Maybe global warming isn’t the only causative factor. Other trends might be involved too, such as oceanic cycles. But they might be just the comorbidities. Also, there are parts of the world where cyclones didn’t get stronger than they were.
But that’s probably because the average storm was moved northward, where there is less ocean energy, so they aren’t fed properly. Maybe it has something to do with the changes of the magnetic North Pole that is constantly migrating towards Russia.
A chance to change perspectives
There is a choice when you look at those factors. You can see them as inconsistencies that help you dismiss the reality of global warming. Or you can see them as reasons for further studies. We always choose the truth that suits us better. The truth that helps us go on doing whatever we consider important.
May is the least active month for hurricanes. So, we’re safe now. But come September the most active month, and November the month when all the tropical cyclone basins are in season, both combined with the promise of 2020 to become one of the 10 warmest years… maybe we’ll have a change of heart.