PAOC Spotlights

Study sees changing intensity of storms from warming

Tue October 26th, 2010
MIT News Office - Morgan Bettex

PAOC's Paul O'Gorman suggests that hemispheres will respond to climate change differently...This image identifies the Earth's middle latitudes where extratropical storms form. These regions are located between approximately 30° and 60° north/south latitude - Image source: MIT NewsIn a recent paper Understanding the varied response of extratropical storm tracks to climate change, in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Prof. Paul O'Gorman reports that, according to his analysis, weather systems in the Northern and Southern hemispheres may respond differently in the presence of global warming, with warming affecting the availability of energy to fuel extratropical storms, or large-scale weather systems that occur at Earth's mid-latitudes.