Human-induced global warming might make hurricanes slower by up to 3.2 km per hour by the end of the century if the greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled in time
A system of five storms brewed in the Atlantic Ocean on September 14- a rare climatic event to have ever been recorded only for the second time in 50 years.
The five active storms were Hurricane Paulette, Hurricane Sally, tropical storm Teddy, tropical storm Vicky and tropical depression Rene.
The last time such an event occurred was in September 1971.
In August this year, two tropical storms - Laura and Marco - were recorded at exactly the same time, sparking fears of the Fujiwhara effect.
Fujiwhara effect occurs when two hurricanes combine to form a mega hurricane.
Even though the Fujiwhara effect did not happen, but it did highlight the increasing threat from such rare climatic events.
Meteorologists are of the view that the speed at which storms have been forming in the recent time, they would soon run out of names for them.
"After the formation Vicky, there will be only one name -Wilfred - left for use," the meteorologists say.
"As the coming weeks signal peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season, scientists would have to resort to the Greek alphabet for naming subsequent storms. This has happened only once before in 2005," reported Down To Earth.
It may be mentioned here that the United States of America and the Caribbean have been greatly affected by depressions, storms and hurricanes.
Moreover, strong winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge have also added to the woes.
Hundreds of people have died and properties worth millions of dollars have been destroyed in storms and hurricanes only in the last decades.
With a shift in the climate parameters because of several reasons, meteorologists are of the view that situations might just worsen in the coming decades.
A research paper published in the journal Science Advances in April 2020 found that human-induced global warming might make hurricanes slower by up to 3.2 km per hour by the end of the century if the greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled in time.
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