Warming Oceans Are Fueling Stronger Hurricanes, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 16, 2006   View Article

Rising ocean surface temperatures are the primary factor fueling a 35- year trend of stronger, more intense hurricanes, scientists report in a new study.

The finding backs up the results of two controversial papers published last year that linked increasing hurricane intensity to rising sea-surface temperatures, said Judith Curry, an atmospheric scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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