Was Hurricane Dorian the result of Climate Change?
Whether you believe in climate change or not many experts are claiming that the strength and lack of movement of this storm were the effects of climate change. Over the last week, Hurricane Dorian has pummeled the Bahamas and narrowly missed the Florida coastline resulting in complete devastation in the Bahamas that flooded neighborhoods, destroyed homes and caused multiple deaths.
Dorian, will be recorded as one of the most powerful hurricanes on record and the storms’ path and pace has raised questions about the role of climate change has had on producing larger more powerful but slow moving hurricanes.
According to Michael Mann, a climate scientist and director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center. “It is no coincidence that the strongest storms on record globally, in both hemispheres … have all happened during the last few years when global sea surface temperatures have been at record levels,” said “Human-caused climate change is visibly intensifying hurricanes and increasing the damage they are doing,” he added. The National Climate Assessment report notes that while global warming has not increased the number of hurricanes in a typical hurricane season, it has made storms stronger and more deadly.
Whatever your position on climate change may be. The most important thing to remember and what Dorian has again proven, is that you must be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Pay attention to the hurricane warnings, protect your home with the best impact windows and doors, and vacate the premises when told to by your local authorities.