“In 2017, we have seen four Atlantic storms rapidly intensify with three of those storms – Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria – making landfall. When hurricanes intensify a large amount in a short period, scientists call this process rapid intensification. This is the hardest aspect of a storm to forecast and it can be most critical to people’s lives. While any hurricane can threaten lives and cause damage with storm surges, floods, and extreme winds, a rapidly intensifying hurricane can greatly increase these risks while giving populations limited time to prepare and evacuate.”
Music credits: ‘Micro Currents’ by Jean-Patrick Voindrot [SACEM], ‘Sink Deep’ by Andrew Michael Britton [PRS], David Stephen Goldsmith [PRS], Mikey Rowe [PRS] from Killer Tracks.
Video credit: NASA Goddard