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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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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Massive Storms Hit Philippines and Central American In The Same Week

Massive Storms Hit Philippines and Central American In The Same Week

As Yale Climate Connections reported, Super Typhoon Goni made landfall near Bato, Catanduanes Island, Philippines, at 4:50 a.m. local time on November 1 with sustained winds of 195 mph. Goni was the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone in world recorded history. As Kasha Patel of the NASA Earth Observatory wrote, on Catanduanes Island, where the storm […]

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This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This Year’s Hurricane Season Is Off The Charts – And Not Over Yet

This year has seen many bad records broken when it comes to climate-driven severe weather. We are now several letters into the Greek alphabet for storm names having reached this point (23 so far) for only the second time since storm names began.

Why This Matters:  The number of storms is not just a fun fact — it is devastating for tens of thousands of people.

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California Hit With Record Highs, Unprecedented Humidity, Rolling Thunderstorms, and Wildfires

California Hit With Record Highs, Unprecedented Humidity, Rolling Thunderstorms, and Wildfires

On Friday, Weather West’s Daniel Swain warned that the state of California was in for over a week of very intense and prolonged heatwave that would likely be “one of the most significant widespread California extreme heat events in the past decade, if not longer.” Swain’s predictions came true as record-breaking heat, humidity, and even […]

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Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall In South Carolina After Flooding South Florida

Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall In South Carolina After Flooding South Florida

The second named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Bertha, strengthened quickly overnight Tuesday and made landfall yesterday morning about 20 miles east of Charleston.   On Tuesday, as a result of the storm, Miami experienced more than 7 inches of rain — 6 of which fell in 2 hours, flooding streets across the city.

Why This Matters:  Tropical Storm Bertha is following an increasingly familiar pattern of unprecedented amounts of rainfall along with strong winds that persist into the interior portions.

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