Woods Hole Study Finds Ancient, Powerful Hurricanes Tied To Warmer Waters

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As we dig out and clean up after this winter's blizzards, slog through the slush, navigate the snow banks and generally try to resume a normal life, perhaps a little perspective will help.

It's been a nasty winter, but if you want to really talk about nasty storms, take a look at history. Deep history. Jeffrey Donnelly has done just that. He's a paleoclimatologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, and he led a study on some of the most severe weather that's ever hit this region. It's published in the journal "Earth's Future" and it finds that New England once faced monster hurricanes that made hurricanes Sandy and Irene look almost wimpy.


Jeffrey Donnelly, paleoclimatologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Earth's Future: Climate Forcing Of Unprecedented Intense-Hurricane Activity In The Last 2,000 Years

  • "How climate controls hurricane variability has critical implications for society but is not well understood. In part, our understanding is hampered by the short and incomplete observational hurricane record."

The Boston Globe: Study Finds Stormy Centuries Linked To Warm Seas

  • "Over the last two millennia, the Northeast has weathered unprecedented periods of intense and frequent hurricanes unlike what anyone living today has ever seen, according to a study published Wednesday."

This segment aired on February 19, 2015.


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