With each year comes a new batch of storms that vary greatly in path and maximum intensity. Here we show tropical cyclone tracks for each year from 1980 to 2014. We change the color along each track to show the wind speed, which ranges from tropical depression (blue, 0 to– 34 knots) to category 5 hurricanes (≥137 knots). A review of historic trends by Sobel et al. helps assess how greenhouse gas emissions may change future tropical cyclone intensity. Data source: IBTrACS
For more research and news coverage on our special package that explores the science of natural disasters visit our Natural Hazards topic page.
Additional articles in our Natural Hazards feature package:
- Introduction on taming nature’s fury: an in-depth look at natural hazards
- Here’s how the world could end—and what we can do about it
- These disaster machines could help humanity prepare for cataclysms
- Blogging the danger—and sometimes the art—of deadly landslides
- Review on global trends in satellite-based emergency mapping by S. Voigt et al.
- Review on connecting slow earthquakes to huge earthquakes by K. Obara and A. Kato
- Editorial on hazards without disasters by M. McNutt