By: Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2015 tropical cyclone season is supercharged due to the combined impact of
natural climate cycles, global warming and El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The records of 21 hurricanes and typhoons have shattered the previous records. The Central Weather Bureau just released a warning for the upcoming typhoon number 26. On October 21, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their research data which stated September 2015 was the warmest such month for Planet Earth since such data began in 1880. El Niño only worsens the effect of global warming on various countries.
El Niño, an irregular periodic climate change caused by variations in sea surface temperature over the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean, provided storms and typhoon with a sufficient amount of fuel in the form of warm ocean waters across the tropical Pacific. A research scientist at Colorado State University Philip Klotzbach said that the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), an index that measures both a storm’s intensity and its lifespan, has indicated that the index across parts of the Pacific is off the charts. El Niño of the year 2015 is believed to be the strongest ever recorded. [FULL STORY]