Study: Pacific sea surface temperatures rising

HONOLULU (AP) - A new study has found that as Pacific ocean temperatures rise, so is the threshold for the creation of hurricanes.

More hurricanes and tropical ocean thunderstorms can be created when sea surface temperatures increase beyond a certain point, relative to air temperatures.

But a report by the University of Hawaii's International Pacific Research Center has found that as global warming is heating up both the air and the seas, that threshold also is rising.

The study was conducted by Nat Johnson, an IPRC postdoctoral fellow, and Shang-Ping Xie, a professor of meteorology at IPRC and UH Manoa.

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