What Climate Change Means for Tropical Storms Like Hurricane Ida


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Storms like Hurricane Ida, which happened on August 26, 2021, belong to a category of hurricanes that intensified just before they reached shores. Sources reveal that Hurricane Ida was estimated to be much weaker before reaching regions of hot air and relatively warm water. Climate change may be to blame for hot air and warm surface water areas, which fuel certain storms and increase their wind strength.

Any time a hurricane mutates from an estimated Category 1 or Category 2 storm mutates to Category 4, differences in weather conditions in separate areas are likely to be the cause. The day before Ida struck Louisiana, it was estimated to be at worst a Category 2 storm. In less than 24 hours, the anticipated intensity of the storm changed significantly.

Climate Change and Tropical Storms

Human-attributable warming is likely adding to the heat that tropical storms use as fuel. In other words, human activities, like greenhouse gas emissions for industrial processes and energy production, could be increasing the energy in hurricanes as they develop and travel towards shores.


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