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How rapid intensification made 2017 hurricanes so potent

10-06-2017


Today’s Video of the Day comes from NASA Goddard and features a look at how a process called rapid intensification made 2017’s string of severe hurricanes so devastating.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria all caused unprecedented and historic damage this year. While the storms were all categorized as either Category 4 or 5, what made them so harmful was how they suddenly picked up force before making landfall. Rapid intensification is often the most difficult to forecast, and yet may impact people’s lives the most.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng

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