First of all i would like to apologise for my very long absence on this forum, although, i have monitored and read a large number of posts, lots has happened in my life that sadly enough kept me away from posting. Now with all my previous commitments behind me and well into summer here is my first post this season and with many many more to come. So ...
I was reading an article and got a tad worried when I came across this in breif. ?The Mediterranean could start generating its own hurricanes if sea temperatures keep rising, a study has warned.?
Just to put you all in the pick a hurricane is when wind speeds exceed over 73knots plus (ie a minimum force 12)
Now scientists warn that climate change means that the Mediterranean is warming up so much it stores enough heat to trigger the formation of its own hurricanes. They say this will have important implications for the safety of resorts, residents, holiday makers and the fishing community.
Such a change would have serious implications for tourism, raising the prospect that hotels, campsites and resorts would need to develop hurricane shelters, evacuation plans and other protective measures similar to those on America?s Gulf coast.
Hurricanes form far out in the tropical Atlantic. Few reach land and hardly any reach Europe.
Then, in 2005 Hurricane Vince formed around Madeira, an area that had never before produced such storms. It even struck Spain ? another first.
Apparently Hurricane researchers were shocked and have since put huge efforts into predicting how future climate change might alter patterns of hurricane formation.
So far, scientists agree, the surface layers of the Atlantic and Mediterranean have warmed by about 0.6C, with most of that change happening since 1970. Some predict a further 2C-3C warming by 2050.
Certain computer models showed a general increase in storm intensity with some scenarios predicting hurricanes. Water temperature plays a vital role in the formation and growth of hurricanes. They need an upper layer of water at least layer above cooler, 100ft deep with a temperature above 27degrees before they can grow. Once such a layer forms it can release heat extremely quickly, providing the energy that fuels the resulting storm.
The scientific record shows global warming is raising sea-surface temperatures. Observation and theory suggest that hurricanes are becoming more intense as the earth warms.
Yours in fishing,