2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

2020 Breaks Another Record: Most Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

We know it was the hottest year on record (tied for the top spot with 2016), that the 2010’s were the hottest decade on record, and that the last 6 years have been the hottest ever.  Now this grim total:  in 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is getting more and more expensive each year.

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Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

Climate’s Fingerprints on Our Weather in 2020 and Beyond

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we can look back on it as a year of extremes when it came to weather, and scientists are predicting that 2021 will likely be the same. They are now increasingly confident of the impact of human-caused climate change on extreme weather.

Why this Matters: More intense and more chaotic weather directly impacts human health and daily life.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: A Record-Setting Hurricane Season

Top Ten Stories of 2020: A Record-Setting Hurricane Season

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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2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. 2020 had the most named storms ever recorded, ten of which were classified as “rapidly intensifying,” a record which occurred only in two other years, 1995 and 2010. […]

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Philippines Hit with Sixth Storm in Five Weeks

Philippines Hit with Sixth Storm in Five Weeks

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Just a week and a half after a super typhoon hit the Philippines, the island nation was pummeled with heavy rains from Typhoon Vamco yesterday. The storm hit the main island of Luzon, wiping out power for nearly 2 million homes in the capital city of Manila and surrounding […]

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Tropical Storm Eta Threatens Florida, With More Storms Brewing

Tropical Storm Eta Threatens Florida, With More Storms Brewing

After a year of devastating storms, yet another storm, Tropical Storm Eta, drenches and batters Florida and Cuba. The storm has moved into the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to meander and then move north toward the Florida coast again.

Why this Matters: Eta is the first storm of 2020 to make landfall in Florida, and five named storms hit Louisiana, Hurricanes Delta, Laura, and Zeta, as well as Tropical Storms Cristobal and Marco.

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