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Hurricane Hunters’ grueling pace in 2020 may not abate with climate change

Amid a tumultuous year involving a pandemic, wildfires and heat waves, 2020 brought the most active Atlantic hurricane season since record-keeping began.

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World Meteorological Organization might start hurricane season 2 weeks earlier

Since 2000, about every other year, tropical storms have formed earlier than the official start date of June 1. So should the season open two weeks earlier?
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Climate change driving increased migration from Central America

This past autumn we witnessed the beginning of what may be one of the most straightforward examples of climate-induced migration in Central America. Around 10,000 people have already attempted to migrate northward after two devastating storms hit, and many more are planning to leave soon.

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SC impacted by 2 $1 billion weather disasters in 2020 out of the 50 recorded globally

Globally, 2020 was a record-breaking year for expensive weather disasters, with 50 hurricanes, fires and other hazards crossing the $1 billion mark for damages.
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Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say

Ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa and record heat waves in the Siberian Arctic are all wild weather consistent with climate change, scientists say. And the world can expect even more extreme weather and higher risks from natural disasters as global emissions of greenhouse gases continue.
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Hurricane Laura ignites chemical fire

Fire broke out Thursday morning at a chemical plant in Westlake, La., local authorities said, sending thick smoke over a wide area and prompting shelter-in-place directives for residents in the communities of Westlake, Moss Bluff and Sulphur.

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A hurricane in the middle of a pandemic: Medical facilities say they’re ready

Hospitals say they have plans in place to protect the sick and the well from COVID-19 when Laura strikes.

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Hurricane season could near record high activity in 2020, NOAA says

The 2020 hurricane season could be one of the more active seasons on record with twice as much storm activity as a normal year, forecasters say. The NOAA increased the chance of an above average hurricane season from 60% to 85%.
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Hurricane forecast: ‘One of the most active seasons on record’

Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active.

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo expected to become 2020's first Atlantic hurricane

Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center. In the Pacific, Hurricane Douglas is advancing toward Hawaii.
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As climate change strengthens hurricanes, could Bermuda High cause more loops in Atlantic?

If jet streams are weak enough and a tropical storm floats north, the wild card that dictates its path forward is the Bermuda High, an offshore merry-go-round of air that can snag storms propelled from Africa and send them clockwise: west across the Bermuda Triangle, and up the United States coast.

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Ocean Water Is Hurricane ‘Fuel’ - It’s Currently High Octane

As a 4th of July heat sets in, ocean waters are very hot. What this means for hurricane season.
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Trump’s plans to use nuclear weapons on hurricanes challenged in new Democratic bill

In August, Donald Trump reportedly asked top national security officials to consider using nuclear bombs to weaken or destroy hurricanes. Now, one member of Congress wants to make it illegal for Mr Trump, or any president, to act on this idea.

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