Record of thousands of years: Mega-storm surge in Florida

23 septiembre 2014

The observational hurricane record for northwestern Florida is just 160 years long, yet hurricane activity is known to vary strongly over thousands of years. Digging back into the prehistorical hurricane record, a new analysis shows that scientists’ reliance on such a narrow slice of observations has led them to sorely underestimate the frequency with which large hurricanes have slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast.