Briefly

Stuff that matters

hurricane enablers

We’re getting more major hurricanes in the Atlantic than we used to.

They may not be hitting the U.S. as often, but it doesn’t mean the hurricanes aren’t out there.

In an average hurricane season in the Atlantic basin today, there are twice as many major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) than there were in 1970, reports Climate Central.

hurricanes-climate-central
Climate Central

This could be a result of warmer ocean surface temperatures, which scientists think can help spin a small storm into a bigger one.

We’ve also gone from having five named hurricane-strength storms per season to seven, and just broke a nine-year-long spell where no Atlantic hurricanes reached Category 5. Meanwhile, the Pacific has seen some scary storms, and Hawaii has dodged a few close calls in recent years.

If this were a movie, this is the part where the scary music would begin.