Throwing Gasoline on the Hurricane

One of the many effects of glacial meltwater in our oceans, besides rising tides, is a thin layer of (obviously) low-saline water sitting atop the ocean water. To illustrate why this is a bad thing, one has to first know that warm ocean waters are what fuel typhoons and hurricanes - that’s why you’ll see them develop closer to the equator before moving along coastline or getting trapped in gulfs.
Well, this thin layer of low-saline water (which, admittedly, does eventually mix into the ocean over time) heats up much much faster than standard ocean water. This thin, super heated layer of water essentially turbo-boosts these tropical storms.
So yes, while new, faster, cheaper shipping lanes may be opening up, it won’t make up for the havoc of these much stronger and more destructive storms that will develop.

RC Rains

Thirty-something Houstonian, studied in University of Houston creative writing program and atmospheric sciences, former Apple, BMC Software and Multimedia Games employee. Dabbler in all things tech.

Houston, TX