Normally interest peaks after or during a major disaster have happened.
But the tropical cyclone that is expected to hit both India and Bangladesh has weather specialists warned precautionary tales even before it makes landfall.
According to a new study, it is becoming increasingly evident that hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones worldwide are becoming stronger and potentially more deadly as the globe warms due to the climate crisis, said a CNN report.
The University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this study on Monday.
The study looked at nearly 40 years of satellite data of global storms, said CNN.
Researchers found that the probability of storms reaching major hurricane status (category 3 or above on the Saffir-Simpson scale with winds in excess of 110 mph or higher), increased decade after decade.
Jim Kossin, author of the study, told CNN, “The change is about 8% per decade. In other words, during its lifetime, a hurricane is 8% more likely to be a major hurricane in this decade compared to the last decade.”
The latest findings add another 11 years to the data set, which allows for statistically significant trends to become clear.
The study reveals that global warming has increased sea surface temperature in regions where tropical cyclones form.
The combination of these warm temperatures along with changes in atmospheric conditions, have allowed storms to more easily reach higher intensities, said CNN.
And the tropical cyclone named Amphan that is about to hit both India and Bangladesh is a prime example.
Super Cyclone Amphan has reached the top of the scale with winds equivalent to a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center said the storm reached sustained winds of 270 kph (165 mph) on Monday, making it the strongest storm on record in the Bay of Bengal.