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    Climate Change Could Have a Surprising Effect on Hurricanes

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    A new study shows that climate change and global warming might actually work to protect the Eastern seaboard of the United States from intense hurricane storms.

    Some experts predict climate change will produce stronger and more frequent storms in the future with increased devastation as a result.

    However, a new study by meteorologists at Colorado State University, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, and Columbia University shows that climate change and global warming might actually work to protect the Eastern seaboard of the United States from intense hurricane storms.

    The study’s computer models projects jet streams over the Atlantic Ocean will move more directly west to east and away from the coast into the ocean, rather than towards the coast like the track followed by Hurricane Sandy with its massive destruction.

    Lead author of the study, Elizabeth Barnes from Colorado State University said: “The point one should take from our paper is just that these are the best climate models we have, and they do not support the notion that the kind of steering flow that occurred in Sandy will become more frequent in a warming climate.”

    The warmer air caused by climate change could affect the movement of atmospheric winds that are responsible for which direction hurricanes will go.