addition to an increase in earthquake and volcanic activity, as
has recently been seen in and around the Pacific ring, with global
warming there also comes an increase in storm activity.
With the exception
of 1997 and 2002, every year since 1995 has had an above average
hurricane activity. The intensity of them has also increased, with
a higher percentage of category 4 and 5 hurricanes. In August 2005,
hurricane 'Katrina' hit New Orleans and became one of the worst
disasters the United States had seen since the Great Depression.
In September, 'Rita' became the most intense tropical cyclone ever
recorded in the Gulf of Mexico and in October 'Wilma' became the
most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin.
are also called Typhoons in the North West Pacific, and Cyclones