Hurricanes form in warm tropical waters, drawing strength from the heat of the ocean surface — that's why they are expected to worsen as sea surface temperatures increase. But if we could cool them off, they may chill out and decrease in strength.
By Rena Marie Pacella; Illustrations by Graham MurdochPosted 06.29.2007 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
Where: Gulf of Mexico Cost: $5 billion
The Problem Climate change is warming the oceans. Warm oceans fuel hurricanes, which draw their energy from the heated, moist air at the sea surface. As sea temperatures continue to rise, some scientists warn that tropical storms will intensify.