Europe is waiting for high tide

The day after the hurricane "Sandy" (photo Denise Jones).

March 29, 2013. Batten down the hatches, Western Europe! Toward the end of the century Powerful storms such as the memorable "Sandy" will fall upon your shore!

Usually, hurricanes are formed in the west of the tropical Atlantic and head to the north-west, in the direction of the United States. But from time to time they get to Europe, and if they can climb to catch the jet stream in the atmosphere.

Reyndert Harsma from the Meteorological Institute of the Netherlands, and colleagues conducted a simulation of the situation with the hurricanes in the years 2094-2098, assuming moderate growth of greenhouse gas emissions in the future.

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It turned out that hurricanes will form a little further east Atlantic tropics, since in this region warmer is strong enough to have it necessary to storm the temperature and humidity conditions. As a result, many of them do not get hit in the U.S. and in Western Europe. I must say that, after leaving the tropics, the storm weakened, but once again gain strength, reaching the cooler and windy areas. The comparison with the "Sandy" is not accidental, for they will be the same hybrids of winter storms and hurricanes (remember: "Sandy" not only flooded the New York and other cities, but also piled snow Maryland and West Virginia).

If you believe the forecasts, in the Bay of Biscay, the average annual number of hurricanes will increase from one to six.

The study is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Based on: NewScientist
Source: Kompyulenta

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