Hurricanes are intense low pressure systems that form over warm ocean waters and their source of energy is water vapor, which is evaporated from the ocean surface. Hurricanes gradually die as they move over cooler waters, which do not have the heat energy necessary to evaporate sufficient water vapor to fuel the hurricane.
With Hurricane Matthew battering Florida, Haiti and with over 800 deaths this Category 3 storm has turned into a nightmare for many.
But exactly causes the hurricane and are we responsible?
Global warming has raised the average global temperature by about 1°F (0.6 Deg C) over the past century. In the oceans, this change has only been about 0.18 Deg F (0.1 DegC). (source:http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/critical-issues-sea-temperature-rise/).
But, this 0.1 Deg C is proving to be a big problem for us and the results as we all know are catastrophic, the latest example being that of hurricane Matthew.