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Worse cyclones on the horizon Today’s Spotlight features an image of Hurricane Frances from Sept. 3, 2004 by SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and ORBIMAGE.

“Grey swan” cyclones — extremely rare tropical storms that are impossible to anticipate from the historical record alone — will become more frequent in the next century for parts of Florida, Australia, and cities along the Persian Gulf, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
In contrast with events known as “black swans” — wholly unprecedented and unexpected occurrences, such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 financial collapse — grey swans may be anticipated by combining physical knowledge with historical data.

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