Is climate change creating more storms?
Scientists have detected a strong link between our planet's rising temperature because of climate change and shifting weather patterns.
There is growing evidence to suggest that the warming of the atmosphere and upper ocean as a result of human-induced greenhouse gasses emissions will lead to more destructive tropical storms in the regions around the equator (hurricanes in the US and Caribbean; cyclones in Australasia; and typhoons in SE Asia).
In the UK, we are affected by extra-tropical storms, and these are less sensitive to the ocean water temperature. However, climate change is likely to result in a shifting of the tracks (or paths) of these extra-tropical storms and this will make some parts of the UK more stormy, whereas other parts may become less affected by storms. Regardless of the changes in the storm wave climate, maximum storm levels will increase due to sea-level rise and this will led to more extensive coastal flooding.
As more evaporation leads to more moisture in the atmosphere, rainfall naturally intensifies.
A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, which means more rain. This can can lead to torrential downpours causing flooding, while rising sea levels result in increased storm surge levels.