More Powerful Typhoons to Hit PH Due to Climate Change, Wind Dynamics Expert Says
A wind dynamics expert claimed that more powerful typhoons are expected to hit the Philippines due to climate change.
The civil engineer and wind dynamics expert Joshua C. Agar said that the country may see stronger typhoons within the next few months due to climate change, which increases the moisture that feeds tropical cyclones.
Agar who works as an engineering faculty member at the University of the Philippines – Diliman explained that an increase in wind strength in typhoons since 2011 has been noticed. He said smaller-sized typhoons with destructive winds will be the growing trend.
“Expect rin po ang mga bagyo na katulad ng Karding na maliit in size, pero super destructive ng winds malapit sa mata,” Agar said.
Based on data from the Japan Meteorological Agency from 1977 to 2021, the chart shows that 322 out of 1148 typhoons experienced rapid intensification.
However, because Agar’s map is based on statistical analysis that detected extremely powerful typhoons that reached 92.6 kilometers per hour within 24 hours, it only takes into account a higher threshold of rapid intensifications.
Rapid intensification is reported when maximum sustained winds increase by more than 65 kilometers per hour in less than 24 hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.
Agar said that typhoon’s rapid intensifications are not new in the country but clarified that the winds are getting stronger. He also encouraged the government to strengthen the retrofit evacuation centers as preparation for strong typhoons.
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