Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Research article
01 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 01 Jul 2022

The response of tropical cyclone intensity to changes in environmental temperature

James M. Done, Gary M. Lackmann, and Andreas F. Prein


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by James Done on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 May 2022) by Nili Harnik
RR by Raphael Rousseau-Rizzi (03 Jun 2022)
ED: Publish as is (07 Jun 2022) by Nili Harnik
AR by James Done on behalf of the Authors (09 Jun 2022)  Manuscript 
Short summary
We know that warm oceans generally favour tropical cyclones (TCs). Less is known about the role of air temperature above the oceans extending into the lower stratosphere. Our global analysis of historical records and computer simulations suggests that TCs strengthen in response to historical temperature change while also being influenced by other environmental factors. Ocean warming drives much of the strengthening, with relatively small contributions from temperature changes aloft.