A combination of factors seem to be responsible, starting with heat. Hurricanes draw their energy from the ocean, with hotter sea surface temperatures providing the fuel for wetter, more powerful, more rapidly-intensify storms. Right now, sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Atlantic are running up to about a degree and a half hotter than usual—not to mention it’s late summer, so the ocean is hot, period. “The tropical Atlantic has been warmer in some years than it is now, but it’s certainly pretty toasty out there right now too,” said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical storm expert at Colorado State University, adding that “it’s too early to say conclusively” that those extra-hot waters are climate change related.
Way to go: you don’t have to be an expert to ski Cervinia’s best-known run. Anyone who can link their parallel turns should be able to manage the combination of blue and easy red pistes that drops down from the Italian-Swiss border to Cervinia, amidst some truly gob-smacking scenery. Just remember to give yourself a break now and again. The sheer length of the descent turns even the strongest legs to spaghetti. Initially I thought the longest run was down to Valtournenche, which would have given it an extra 526m, but it’s necessary to take a short 150m lift half way down.