It has been almost 3 months since Japan’s deadliest typhoon recorded in over 60 years stuck. Category 5 Super Typhoon Hagibis recorded 1 minute-plus sustained winds of 160mph with gusts over 195 mph.
The idea that climate change has become an urgent matter we should influence is subject to debate and outside our scope of focus but far exceedingly important to our endeavors is an indisputable fact represented by data and numbers: recent increases in rapid storm intensification.
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… it is not our priority to either confirm or deny the idea of “climate-change”…– Dr. Robert E. Champion
An example of this would be Tropical Cyclone Ambali which approached category 5 equivalency in under 24 hours (peaking at 155mph, just shy of category 5 status). Strongest storm on record? Hardly, although the upper end of average for recent times. More remarkable is the fact that it gained strength to the tune of 115mph sustained winds inside of a 24 hour period. These are the issues we face worldwide. Ambali formed in the Indian ocean and Hagibis off the of Japan which intensified by an unimaginable 120 mph within a 24 hour period. We are approaching times where this is steadily becoming the norm. Warm ocean waters and calmer upper-level winds comprise the proverbial “oasis” on which these storms thrive.
As stated previously, it is not our priority to either confirm or deny the idea of “climate-change”, what IS our concern is the tangible, inarguable numbers that demonstrate the fact that our planet is facing continually stronger and more devastating storms-more often than ever before. This is an area in which we can undoubtedly make an impact with our research and will continue to endeavor to do so. We face enough catastrophe in this world without these storms – just prior to Hagibis reaching landfall, Japan also suffered an absolutely devastating 5.7 magnitude earthquake. Nearly 3 months later, they’ve hardly put a dent into the necessary clean-up and repairs and 98 lives have been lost 7 more yet unaccounted for.