One Funny Thing: Relatable Hurricanes


Hurricanes are getting “too relatable,” at least according to the National Hurricane Center’s twitter account. The Center’s tweets have been getting a lot of attention lately for seemingly describing people’s personal lives, although they deny any intentional connections. “Kate Still a Poorly Organized Depression,” said one tweet describing a named storm on August 31st. This prompted many twitter users to retweet the message, saying it described exactly what they were going through. “If you were a lonely tropic system out in the middle of the Atlantic, far from home & with no hope of bettering yourself, you’d be a hot mess too,” said one user.

 

Other tweets were met with similar responses, including one saying that tropical storm Rose was “Going through a rough patch.” Another user replied, “Nobody told me it was Hurricane mental health awareness month.” But the Center says these interpretations were unintentional, “We’re not intentionally trying to be tongue-in-cheek,” said Dr. Michael Brennan, the branch chief of the Center’s Hurricane Specialist Unit. “But sometimes people take them and run with them.”

Up Next

Another Year of La Niña May Extend the Western Drought

Another Year of La Niña May Extend the Western Drought

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After a record-breaking drought, much of the West and Southwest has been hoping for a winter of rain. But with scientists predicting a second consecutive winter with La Niña conditions, the dry spell may be prolonged. La Niña is a climate pattern that tends to produce droughts in the […]

Continue Reading 338 words
Alisal Fire Only 5% Contained As Evacuations Ordered In Santa Barbara County

Alisal Fire Only 5% Contained As Evacuations Ordered In Santa Barbara County

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]

Continue Reading 364 words
18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]

Continue Reading 366 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.