Appreciating Tropical Development in its Most Classical Sense (Imagery credit: CIRA RAMMB)
DISCUSSION: It may already seen like ancient history to much of the planet, but it was just 5 short days ago that the world was watching a majestic Super Typhoon Kong Rey thrive across the tropical Western Pacific Ocean. There is no debate that the relatively high amount of net oceanic heat content helped to support the rapid intensification of what was a large and dangerous tropical cyclone in Super Typhoon Kong Rey. Having said that, it is important to acknowledge that it is not justified to go follow societal convention and try to connect the occurrence of Super Typhoon Kong Rey with any issues either directly or indirectly connected to global climatic variability. This is due to the fact that global climatic variability occurs on multi-decadal timescales (i.e., over the course of at least 20 to 30 + years). Thus, any single event cannot even be connected to climate change-based influences, but that also does not mean that there cannot be any overlap from warmer (i.e. above-average) oceanic heat content presence.
Attached above is a brief video briefing which provides additional insight into how and why Super Typhoon Kong Rey evolved in the way that it did. There is also a brief discussion on how and why such events could continue to become more commonplace with passing time.
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© 2018 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz