Texas Tech University

Early Hurricane a Warning of Stronger Storms to Come

Claims Journal

January 28, 2016

Claims Journal - A rare January hurricane may be evidence of changing ocean temperatures, which can result in stronger storms, says Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Texas Tech University Climate Science Center.

According to Hayhoe, Alex's strength is unusual because tropical storms occur mostly over warm waters, a condition not common in the North Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter.

"Hurricanes require warm ocean water. That's what supplies their energy. The warmer the ocean water, the stronger the hurricane."

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