Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Examining increasing potential for storms with global warming

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Abstract

Increases in convective available potential energy (CAPE)—the energy available to a parcel of air rising through a cloud—may increase the likelihood of severe storms. Model simulations have shown that global warming will increase CAPE in the tropics, but scientists do not fully understand why this occurs or what the implications may be for future precipitation intensity.