Advisory: Press Briefing on Climate Change Impacts on Hurricanes

June 3, 2019
Contact: Susan Glickman, Florida Director, 727-742-9003, [email protected]

Woods Hole Research Center Senior Scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis, and Senior NASA Scientist Dr. Timothy Hall to explain how climate change impacts hurricane intensity and storm surge as the 2019 hurricane season commences this week

Tampa, Fla. – With the start of hurricane season upon us, Floridians are waiting, watching, and wondering if we will see anything like the destructive whirlwind of hurricanes in recent years like Michael, Irma, and Maria, which killed thousands of people and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage in the U.S. Further, are we paying enough attention to a key threat —climate change—at a time when forecasts are predicting more destructive, powerful hurricanes as the climate warms?

Join our briefing via webinar for press and allies on Wednesday, June 5th. Learn from Senior NASA scientist Dr. Timothy Hall and Woods Hole Research Center Senior Scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis about how climate change will continue to impact this (and future) hurricane seasons.

WHO: Dr. Timothy Hall, Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University. Dr. Hall’s bio is available here.

Dr. Jennifer Francis, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. More information on Dr. Jennifer Francis is available here.

WHAT: Briefing via webinar: “How Climate Change is Impacting Hurricanes”


– What does science show about increasing hurricane intensity?

– What are the upper limits on hurricane strength; i.e.; is Cat. 5 high enough?

– How does climate change affect precipitation patterns?

– How does climate change affect storm surge and coastal flooding?

: 11:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, June 5

WHERE: This press briefing will be presented as a Zoom webinar so that our presenters can display slides. You must register in advance to join the webinar at

*After registering, you will receive an email with a link to join the press briefing webinar. Please plan on joining a few minutes early on Wednesday to allow adequate time for the software to load and ensure you can begin the presentation on time. Thank you! *

This is a Zoom presentation — it is best viewed on a computer, using the Zoom link. If necessary, you can dial in with the number provided in your confirmation email.  **Note — if you join by phone, you will not be able to unmute your phone to ask questions. If you have questions, you can text them to Susan Glickman at 727-742-9003, or email your questions to [email protected].**

This press briefing is part of Miami Climate Month and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s ongoing campaign for climate change awareness.