Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Should We Reclassify the Biggest CATs?

Typhoon Mangkhut, a Category 5 storm that ravaged the Philippines and China earlier this month, got us thinking about just how bad typhoons and hurricanes may become if the predictions of climate scientists continue to be proven accurate.  We’ve all seen the claims that a warmer atmosphere and warmer ocean waters will lead to stronger storms, higher winds, greater storm surge, and more rain and flooding.  Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence seem consistent with those predictions, and Mangkhut may even call into question whether a new level of storm classification will be appropriate in the future.