The result was that cyclones tended to follow the line of the East Asian coast. They're still investigating any connection to man-made global warming.
Warmer Pacific Worsened Cyclone Risk For E. Asia
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January 17, 2014

Via AFP:

China, Korea and Japan have been placed in the firing line of powerful tropical cyclones by a warming of water in the western Pacific, according to a three-decade study published on Thursday.

Researchers led by Chang-Hoi Ho from Seoul National University in South Korean looked at five sets of background data for tropical cyclones that occurred in the northwest Pacific between 1977 and 2010.

During this time, the surface waters of the western Pacific were much warmer than the central and eastern parts of the ocean, they found.

This temperature difference, also called a gradient, went ...

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