More hurricanes in North Atlantic

A recent study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research confirms what many voyagers already suspect: The North Atlantic is spawning an increasing number of hurricanes. And, even worse, more of them are Category 4 and 5 monster storms.

The study, performed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and NCAR found that North Atlantic hurricanes have become more numerous and longer-lasting since 1995. In the last 10 years, the North Atlantic has averaged eight to nine hurricanes per year, compared with six or seven in the prior period. And the biggest storms have increased even more. They went from 16 between 1975 and 1989 to 25 between 1990 and 2004, an increase of 56 percent.

By Ocean Navigator