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Report: Atlantic Ocean’s record-high water temps could fuel hurricanes this summer

May 23, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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EAST COAST — THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, from the coast of Africa to the Caribbean, is hotter now than in any other late May on record, with over 90% of the area’s sea surface engulfed in record or near-record warmth, Yale’s Climate Connections reported Wednesday. The report warns that marine heat “has never been greater heading into a hurricane season.” This season’s heat is even higher than the record-setting May 2005, “a year remembered for one of the most active and destructive hurricane seasons in modern history,” YCC said.

Besides fueling hurricanes, the extreme water temperatures will become “increasingly problematic” for the marine environment as well, Yale noted, citing some of the “worst coral bleaching on record” in 2023 across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.


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