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Press Release 07-085

Frequency of Atlantic Hurricanes Doubled During Last Century

Climate change is suspected cause

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Atlantic Ocean hurricanes like Rita are increasing in frequency, according to new research results.

Atlantic Ocean hurricanes like Rita are increasing in frequency, according to new research results.

Credit: NOAA


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Graph showing hurricane data from 1900.

The first part of the 20th century was hurricane-quiet. The annual average increased to 10 after 1930, and then reached 15 from 1995 to 2005.

Credit: NCAR


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