New study notes correlation of water temperature in the Atlantic and hurricane activity level:
Saunders calculated that for every one degree Fahrenheit increase --
• Overall hurricane activity -- a combination of frequency and hurricane strength -- increases 49%.
• The number of intense hurricanes, with winds over 110 mph, increases 45%
• The number of hurricanes of any size increases 36%.
• The number of tropical storms increase 31%
Ocean temps in 2007 were slightly cooler than normal -- but overall the trend has been toward warming.
Sidebar: There are currently three named tropical storms active in the South Pacific. Gene did a number on Fiji -- killing six people. Gula and Fame are playing tag with each other off the coast of Madagascar.