There are more and more devastating typhoons hitting the land in the East and Southeast Asia, especially in countries as China, Japan, Philippines or Korea. According to a new study, they are getting intense over the last 40 years.
Typhoon is a storm usually formed in tropical areas, with winds reaching 120 km/h or higher, leaving nothing behind except death and destruction. Haiyan, the Super Typhoon hit the Philippines in 2013, killed over 6,300 people in just only a few days. Classified as Category 5 typhoons, it got the highest level on the scale. The most recent typhoon hit Japan, Lionrock, and killed at least nine people.
Some researchers indicated that the temperature of ocean surface water is the key elements in forming a typhoon, but there is no clear evidence. “If you have to warm coastal water, it means that typhoons can get a little extra jolt just before they make landfall,” says Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “and that’s obviously not good news.”
Wei Mei, the assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the lead author of a new study, revealed that climate models suggest that warming will continue in tropical regions, which means that there may be more typhoons striking the land, at higher landfall Category and much intense rate. “We want to give the message that typhoon intensity has increased and will increase in the future because of the warming climate,” Mei said in a statement: “Understanding intensity change is very important for disaster preparation.”