“That means that climate change is not only impacting our hurricane seasons, but it is also impacting the most severe storms a bit more,” Kevin Reed of Stonybrook University, who is a climate and hurricane scientist and lead author of this study, told CNN. “The key takeaway is that climate changes are here and that they’re already affecting our hurricane season,” Reed said.
CNN was told by Allison Wing, a Florida State University climate researcher, that the study is in line with what scientists had predicted.
Wing stated that the study, which is consistent with expert assessments, suggests that hurricane rainfall will continue increasing with future warming. Wing spoke to CNN. “Overall, this study confirms our expectation that stronger and wetter storms are more likely in a warmer world.”
Reed stated that climate change is accelerating and he expects stronger storms to have higher rainfall rates.
Reed stated that “If Hurricane Katrina was to have occurred in 2022, then the rains from that storm would be greater than in 2005.” “All of the historical records that we have in the past; when New York plans to ensure that Hurricane Sandy doesn’t impact the same way as 2012, we need to plan for how Hurricane Sandy will look in 2030 or 2040.”
Reed said that hurricane season will have worsening effects unless the world changes its course and reduces fossil fuel use.
Reed stated, “Climate Change is not just something that will happen 70 years from now. It’s here and it is affecting our weather on an everyday basis.” “We need adapt and make systems more resilient. However, we must use this information to inform decision-making on how to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels that generate these greenhouse gases.