Hurricanes are slowing, which could be a big problem

Hurricanes Are Lingering Longer. That Makes Them More Dangerous.

He said Hurricane Harvey in Texas previous year was a dramatic example of the consequences of a slow-moving or "stalled" tropical cyclone.

The center said a tropical storm was expected to form by Wednesday morning and then strengthen into a hurricane by early Thursday. Storms worldwide in 2016 moved about 1.25 miles per hour (2 kph) slower than 60 some years ago.

The unusually slow-moving Hurricane Harvey was a recent example. In the Atlantic region, storms moved 20 percent slower over land, the study found.

"The slower a storm goes, the more rain it's going to dump in any particular area", said study author James Kossin, a government climate scientist.

According to a study released on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did.

Kossin's work was based on details of nearly 70 years' worth of storms, but he made no attempt to determine what was causing the slowdown.

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First, he noted that over the more than 60-year period of the study, there may be natural, decades-long cycles in the climate system that could affect the steering of storms and have little or nothing to do with global warming. Between 1949 and 2016, tropical cyclone translation speeds declined 10 percent worldwide, the study says. Some places in Houston got roughly a foot of rain per day as the storm crawled ashore.

In an editorial accompanying Kossin's work, she points out that it raises several new questions. A slow storm increases the risk of damaging floods.

"We're showing that it not only slows down, but that it's more intense", Gutmann says.

Dr Kossin said more rain was also falling during cyclones, and there was evidence that tropical cyclones were migrating more towards the poles.

Severe storms will develop across the Plains into the Midwest today. The fact that their results show quite similar trends should be a wake-up call. "And, unfortunately, this signal would point to more freshwater flooding".

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