An “Off-the-Charts” Hurricane Could Be In Our Future

florida-hurricanesMaybe not this year.

Maybe not even next year.

But scientists are predicting what could be an “off-the-charts” hurricane in the future.

Will we need a new, Category 6 designation for these types of storms? Mashable reports:

According to a 2008 paper by Dr. Jim Kosin of the National Climactic Data Center, the beginning and the end of hurricane season lengthened by 20 days per degree Celcius of sea surface temperature increase…

[Dr. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at Weather Underground, says warming oceans] also work to increase the intensity and severity of storms.

Hurricanes are heat engines, explains Masters. They use energy from the oceans and convert it to wind. If the world’s oceans are warmer, potentially, the maximum strength of a storm increases, too. “In a future where the oceans are three or four degrees warmer, every now and then you’re going to get an off-the-charts hurricane like we’ve never seen before.

Here in Florida, hurricanes can seem almost commonplace. There’s a temptation to take them lightly.

But it’s worth remembering that they are deadly, unpredictable forces of nature that should command a certain amount of respect.

Make sure you stay on top of your hurricane preparations, even during this year’s seemingly mellow hurricane season. Remember that the season now lasts 20 days into December–and that it will start 20 days earlier, at least, next year.

Keep a full tank of gas in your car, and be prepared to evacuate. Don’t take any storm lightly. The seasons are getting more unpredictable than ever, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard.

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