OTC: Experts see ‘new era’ of hurricane activity

05/15/2006
The US portion of the Gulf of Mexico is in a “new era” of increased hurricane activity that likely will continue “for at least another 15-20 years,” said the lead hurricane forecaster for ImpactWeather Inc. at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.“Hurricanes are basically heat engines-the warmer the water, the stronger they can become. From 1970 through 1994, the Atlantic Basin had been cooler than normal. But in 1995, the waters of the Tropical Atlantic began to heat up,” said Chris Hebert, lead hurricane expert at ImpactWeather, Houston, in a May 2 OTC presentation. “Hurricanes have become numerous and more powerful in recent yea...
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