Winds have been on the increase for over two decades and are showing no signs of slowing down. We are seeing an upward trend in severe weather as well, such as hurricanes, monsoons and tornadoes (with over 240 reported tornadoes in the US alone between April 14-16, 2011). An increase in winds also means an increase in ocean waves, a concern for coastal communities.
If winds continue to get gustier at the same rate over the next 50 years, the destructive forces of Category 5 hurricanes will multiply.
New research suggests that ocean temperature and associated sea level increases between 1961 and 2003 were 50 percent larger than estimated.