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Changing Weather Patterns

and how they affect your travels

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It's undeniable that weather patterns are changing. Atmospheric river storms are getting stronger and deadlier while the race is on to understand them better. In the early 2000s, a new field of climate science research emerged to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, heatwaves, droughts, and storms. Scientists widely agree that increases in the average global temperature are spurring widespread changes in weather patterns.

Don't expect a liveaboard to set sail or stick to an itinerary if winds and waves are forbidding.

In early February, a storm raged over California for more than five days. As the mighty atmospheric river made landfall, furious winds and torrential downpours ripped trees from their roots, turned streets into rivers, and sent mud cascading into homes. The weather service's San Francisco Bay Area office issued a hurricaneforce wind warning, the first such warning ever....

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