Strongest tropical cyclones get more extreme

2019-04-03 04:15:10

(Image: Wikimedia Commons) THE most ferocious tropical cyclones are spinning faster than ever thanks to ocean warming, with the North Atlantic and the northern Indian Ocean suffering some of the greatest increases. James Elsner of Florida State University and colleagues used satellite data to study cyclone wind speeds between 1981 and 2006. Previous studies have looked for changes in the mean wind speed of all cyclones, but Elsner singled out the strongest cyclones – with wind speeds in the top 30 per cent. Barring the South Pacific basin,