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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Wildfire on CO Army Base Shows Military’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Wildfire on CO Army Base Shows Military’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

On Sunday, a wildfire in Colorado jumped a highway and spread on to Fort Carson and for a time burned out of control on lands used for military training.  The Wild Horse Fire is small but was only 10% contained yesterday morning.

Why This Matters:  As President Trump bleeds money from the military to build the border wall (which fortunately a federal court just put on hold), climate change — a real emergency for the military — goes unaddressed.

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Hurricane Delta Leaves Louisiana Delta Reeling click button

Hurricane Delta Leaves Louisiana Delta Reeling

Hurricane Delta provided a knockout second punch to the Southwest Louisiana coastline, coming ashore within 20 miles of Hurricane Laura’s path, leaving more than 200,000 customers still without power late yesterday (at its peak the number was 700,000).

Why This Matters:  Delta was the 25th named storm, the 10th to make landfall in the U.S. this year, and storm season is winding down but it is not over.

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