Ida Strengthened Quickly Into A Monster. Here’s How.

Hurricane Ida, which struck the Louisiana coast on Sunday with winds of 150 miles an hour, gained power faster more than most storms. Because of climate change, such rapid strengthening is happening more often as hurricanes pick up more energy from ocean water that is warmer than before. But in a summer of extreme weather, Ida’s intensification was extreme.

By Henry Fountain. New York Times. August 29, 2021.

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