Recent Increase in Major Atlantic Hurricanes may be ‘Rebound’ after 1960-1980s Lull

Thursday, Jul 15, 2021

A new study, led by CIMES Deputy Director Gabe Vecchi, an AOS faculty member, suggests that reported increases in major hurricanes in the North Atlantic over the satellite era are potentially a “recovery from a deep minimum in the 1960-1980s”, rather than being part of a longer-term trend. The research, published in Nature Communications, develops a new complete record of Atlantic hurricanes from 1851 to 2019, adding in hurricanes that were likely missed by pre-satellite observation methods. Tom Knutson, a GFDL senior scientist, Wei Zhang (Utah State), a former AOS visiting associate research scholar, and Gabriele Villarini (University of Iowa), a former CEE lecturer and research associate, are among the paper's co-authors.