Scientists Say Monster Hurricanes May Become More Frequent

Hurricane Igor gets stronger as it turns west-northwest in the direction of Bermuda on Sept. 14, 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean as seen from space. (PHOTO CREDIT: NOAA/Getty Images)
Hurricane Igor gets stronger as it turns west-northwest in the direction of Bermuda on Sept. 14, 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean as seen from space. (PHOTO CREDIT: NOAA/Getty Images)

“We may need to begin planning for a category 3 hurricane landfall every decade or so”

Storms like the devastating 2004 Hurricane Katrina may start becoming more frequent due to climate change, a new study says.

Sediment deposits suggest that during prehistoric times, severe hurricanes were slamming America’s eastern seaboard with a very high frequency—every 40 years—due to warmer ocean temperatures, according to the study, published Wednesday in Earth’s Future. Today, ocean temperatures off New England, which have slowly risen over the past several decades, are now higher than prehistoric levels.

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SOURCE: TIME, Jack Linshi

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