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Comment on “Changes in Tropical Cyclone Number, Duration, and Intensity in a Warming Environment”

Science  24 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5768, pp. 1713b
DOI: 10.1126/science.1121522

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Analyses of tropical cyclone records from the western North Pacific reveal that the recent increase in occurrence of intense typhoons reported by Webster et al. (Reports, 16 Sep. 2005, p. 1844) is not a trend. Rather, it is likely a part of the large interdecadal variations in the number of intense typhoons related to similar temporal fluctuations in the atmospheric environment.

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