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Why This Matters: Climate change created the conditions for this year’s record-breaking hurricane season. Warmer water temperatures in the Caribbean this late in the year coupled with a warmer atmosphere that holds more water vapor fueled the intense storms. Both Eta and Iota were among the strongest storms in recorded history. They also make 2020 the first hurricane season with two major hurricanes in November.
The areas hit by Hurricane Iota haven’t had time to recover from Eta before being battered by another storm. Buildings haven’t been repaired, there’s still standing water, and the land is saturated, increasing the risk of landslides. And since Iota rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to Category 4 storm, gaining 70 mph in wind speeds over just 24 hours, it left less time for people to prepare for the much stronger oncoming storm.
Climate Migration: The devastation of back-to-back storms coupled with the ongoing health and economic crisis of the pandemic could lead people in the region to leave their homes.
“Increased movements across borders are now more likely, including of people fleeing violence and persecution,” said Giovanni Bassu, the regional representative for Central America and Cuba for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in a statement last week.
As climate change continues to reshape the environment, people’s lives and homes are at risk of being upended too. Drought and food insecurity have already led many in Central America to move, and those numbers are only expected to increase as the world warms and produces more extreme weather.
Above the North Pole, a polar vortex — a swirling flurry of cold air — could cause weeks of frigid weather in the Eastern United States, Northern Europe, and East Asia according to forecasters. Snow blanketed Spain over the weekend, dumping nearly two feet of snow on Madrid — the most snow in the last 50 years there. Madrid
Why this Matters: While many associate global warming with hotter weather, climate change can also cause harsher, more snowy winters.
This year we shattered the record for the number of named storms over the course of the six months of hurricane season with 30 — we exceeded the previous record by four. There were so many storms that we ran out of names and went deep into the Greek alphabet, which is what happens when we use up all the typical ones.
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