Global warming has resulted in more atmospheric moisture and warming oceans. This is a recipe for powerful hurricanes, or as they call them in Asia, typhoons. So far East Asia, in particular the Philippines and Taiwan have borne the brunt of the more powerful typhoons, a number of them category 5 storms, the most severe type.
It has been relatively quiet in the Atlantic the last few years but that may be over for 2016. We have just experienced a monster El Nino which will weaken during 2016. History shows us we may need to worry. During the last time period with a weakening El Nino, 1998, we had 14 named storms, 10 hurricanes, three of them category 3 or greater.
Plan summer and fall trips to the South carefully later this year.