Researchers have found that the location of where hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons reach their maximum intensity has shifted toward the poles at a rate of about 35 miles per decade during the past 30 years.
Writing in the journal Nature, NOAA scientists say that the greatest poleward shift is found in the North and South Pacific, as well as in the southern Indian Ocean.
There is no evidence of such a shift for Atlantic hurricanes.
While this could affect coastal cities not accustomed to such storms, the researchers warn that regions of the tropics that depend on rainfall from tropical cyclones may also be at risk of reduced precipitation due to the shift.
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