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​Prof Horton and Assoc Prof Switzer in Straits Times: Water spouts not unusual for Singapore, but climate change makes conditions more favourable for their formation

Published on: 16-May-2019

Earlier this week a giant waterspout towering near Tanjong Pagar Terminal startled viewers. Often weather events like this trigger our interest in the changing global climate, and Straits Times’ Cheryl The turned to with Prof Benjamin Horton and Assoc Prof Adam Switzer from the ASE to check if there is a link between the water spout and changing climate. Assoc Prof Switzer explains that waterspouts are fairly common in Singapore, especially at this time of the year. But even if this week’s waterspout is not evidence of increased extreme climate events in Singapore, there is plenty of evidence that the oceans are getting warmer and the atmosphere more humid, conditions that are required for waterspouts to form says Prof Horton. He also emphasizes the widespread impacts of climate change on public safety, transport, energy and health.

Link to Straits Times article Why have there been so many extreme weather events in Singapore?

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