Flooding in Houston, April 18, 2016.
Extreme weather has an outsized impact on everyday life. Focusing on average weather patterns may make Americans dangerously complacent about how climate change is already affecting our lives.
Researchers compared the shipwreck history to tree ring data from slash pines to piece together the hurricane history over past centuries.
In an attempt to better understand hurricanes, researchers recreate hundreds of years of hurricane records with Spanish shipwreck logs and tree ring data.
Hurricane Pali churns over the eastern Pacific on January 11.
NASA Earth Observatory
January hurricanes are rare events, but two have already formed this month. Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel explains the conditions that generated Pali and Alex.
Extreme drought, a predictable impact of El Niño, fuels wildfires on the island of Borneo on October 14.
NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL-Caltech, MISR Team
The third-ever 'super' El Niño is under way. Here's how it will affect your region in the US and how global warming affects this and future El Niños.
Caution: climate change can affect tectonic plates, too.
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Our climate is changing. But many of the devastating repercussions are little understood.
Hurricane Patricia as it made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
False complacency: Hurricane Patricia didn't devastate Mexico as feared, but provides more evidence that warming waters raise the chances of more intense storms.
There were no fatalities from Hurricane Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Mexico.
Research shows that El Niño creates conditions for a certain type of hurricane – and offers clues as to how climate change can affect the severity of hurricanes.
Outside the Superdome in New Orleans on September 2 2005.
The experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees spotlight the difficulties with our social “safety net” and the holes through which the poorest can fall.
A New Orleans policeman during a boat rescue mission in New Orleans on September 6 2005.
New Orleans police have been eulogized as heroes and condemned as racists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A scholar examines the legacy of conflicting narratives and points to a way forward.
Katrina shortly after landfall.
NOAA/NASA GOES Project
The latest science on hurricanes and climate change explained – vital information for coastal regions to prepare for the effects of more intense storms.
When will the next big one strike?
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A look at the Florida insurance market following the flurry of severe hurricanes in 2004-2005 shows that pooling risk can cut losses.
Everybody’s leaving New Orleans ahead of Katrina.
Rick Wilking / Reuters
Hurricanes can be deadly to those in their path. Officials don't want to unnecessarily alarm before solid forecasts are in place, but residents need enough time to prepare and heed evacuation orders.
Only a Category 1 at landfall, Hurricane Irene had plenty of energy.
Everybody wants a quick shorthand for a storm's damage potential. But the index we hear used most often isn't the best option.
Cars remain submerged on a road in Texas after torrential rains caused massive flooding.
The National Flood Insurance Program – the only source for flood-prone property protection – is drowning in debt.
Luckily, we have more to go on now than just knowing the tracks of previous named storms.
We're no longer caught off guard when hurricanes make landfall, the way people were into the early 1900s. Better communications, measurements and observations all feed into better forecasts and more warning.
Hurricane path forecasts are good, but even the ‘cone of uncertainty’ doesn’t fully describe where the hazards could be.
National Hurricane Center
Forecasting successes can breed complacency in the general public. But all hurricane damage isn't necessarily contained within the "cone of uncertainty."
More like these? Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
New analysis shows that warmer ocean temperatures in the Pacific are creating more intense typhoons.
Hurricane Jeanne about to hit the US.
Kerry Emanuel, professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology answered questions posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights. Weather With…