Paleotempestology Resource Center
paleoclimate research reveals that
relative to the past 5,000 years
the most recent millennium has been a period of less intense hurricane
the Atlantic Basin. More
examine both frequency and intensity of severe storm events is
currently underway in order to assess the 20th century in the context
of the past centuries and the past millennium.
of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, these intense hurricanes were less
frequent than in past decades. However, property losses from hurricanes
increased during these years because of development in damage prone areas.
However, starting in 1995, intense hurricane have become much more frequent.
It is quite possible that this increase marks the beginning of an era
of active hurricane conditions that may last 10 to 40 more years because
of forcing by the Atlantic multidecadal mode.
Resource Center is designed to serve as a clearinghouse for those interested
in research in this new field. Links include a wide range of resources
for paleotempest and hurricane data, information and images. Contact
us if you have questions or suggestions
that you would like to share with us.
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
18 February 2000