2010-11-13 15:32:46Threshold Sea Surface Temperature for Hurricanes and Tropical Thunderstorms Is Rising
Rob Painting


More support for the tropical tropospheric hotspot. Like we expected anything else?. It's paywalled, so I haven't read the paper myself. 

"The change in tropical upper atmospheric temperatures has been a controversial topic in recent years because of discrepancies between reported temperature trends from instruments and the expected trends under global warming according to global climate models. The measurements from instruments have shown less warming than expected in the upper atmosphere. The findings of Johnson and Xie, however, provide strong support that the tropical atmosphere is warming at a rate that is consistent with climate model simulations. "This study is an exciting example of how applying our knowledge of physical processes in the tropical atmosphere can give us important information when direct measurements may have failed us," Johnson notes."