Storms can gain energy over land, study finds

07/31/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Some tropical storms may actually become stronger while traveling over land, according to research appearing in the International Journal of Climatology. This "brown ocean" effect occurs when storms gain energy from warm and moist soil. "This work highlights that we can't always take for granted that threats from a hurricane diminish just because it makes landfall," said Marshall Shepherd, a professor of geography and meteorology at the University of Georgia and president of the American Meteorological Society.

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