Hurricanes and Tornadoes
How They are Affected by Global Warming
How is a Tornado Caused? How is a Hurricane Caused?
Tornadoes are usually caused in about 70 degree weather when jet stream winds, or wind currents, of 45 to 50 miles and hour. they are also accompanied by heavy storms. Hurricanes are also caused in warm weather, usually tropical regions. When the circular wind motions occur over warm water in an area of low pressure, they pick up moisture evaporated in large amounts, and this water then starts spinning around the eye.
How do They Connect to Global Warming, and What Could Happen?
Since our earth is warming up, hurricanes and tornadoes are having stronger effects on us. As the earth heats up, hurricanes are becoming stronger since they get stronger when traveling over warmer water which is higher than 79 degrees. Then, they start to lose power over colder waters and land. Since global warming is heating up waters, and causing the sea level to rise, there is more warm water for the hurricanes to absorb and use to become more powerful. Tornadoes aren't really increasing in number, but they are becoming stronger than usual because of the moist air. Also more thunderstorms are caused which lead to tornadoes. We think they are increasing though because we have stronger and better technology that makes us more aware than the ones a long time ago.