Hurricanes Severe Weather

Are Hurricanes Getting Worse?

  • By Dr. Kerry Emanuel
  • Jul 27, 2023

Hurricane tracks from the historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

To scientists who study them, there are two mysteries surrounding hurricanes that stand above the rest: Why do they exist at all, and why aren’t there many more of them? This may strike you as a paradox, but these are serious questions that arise when burrowing deep into the theory, modeling, and observations of these storms. And they bear on the question posed by the title of this essay.

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