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Storm clouds churn above the western Pacific Ocean as a super typhoon swept toward Taiwan in early July 2016.

Jeff Schmaltz/NASA/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

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Historical trends of tropical cyclone tracks

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 alhelps assess how greenhouse gas emissions may change future tropical cyclone intensity. Data source: IBTrACS

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Brent Grocholski

Brent Grocholski

Brent is an associate editor at Science handling papers in Earth science and materials science.