Blown away by stronger storms
4 September 2008
This research was published in the journal Nature on 4 September 2008.
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Recent years have seen New Orleans hit by hurricanes: Katrina in 2005 and this year Hurricane Gustav.
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Scientists looked at 25 years of satellite data in the most extensive study of hurricanes yet. They noticed that although the strength of a regular hurricane hasn't changed, the biggest ones have got stronger.
Hurricane Gustav on 30 August 2008 with winds of 240 km/h.
Hurricane hot spots shown on a satellite image.
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James Elsner, hurricane investigator, Florida State University.
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Gabriel Vecchi, expert on bad weather, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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