Hurricane Ida left the entire city of New Orleans in the dark and renewed discussion of burying power lines. But there’s no way to completely protect the grid, above ground or below.
Evidence is mounting that, as the climate warms, the amount of rain falling in heavy storms is increasing, especially in the central and eastern US.
Ida exploded from a weak hurricane to a powerful Category 4 storm in less than 24 hours, thanks to heat from an ocean eddy. An oceanographer explains its rapid intensification.
The New Orleans region is likely to see a hurricane about every seven years and a major hurricane about every 20.
Some of the climate changes will be irreversible for millennia. But some can be slowed and even stopped if countries quickly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including from burning fossil fuels.
As the climate changes, the ocean is also changing. And that’s putting our health at risk.
Federal weather scientists are pushing to make the US more ‘weather-ready,’ which could mean prepping for fires, flooding or storms depending on where you live. The common factor: thinking ahead.
Social inequalities worsen storm damage and challenge disaster recovery, increasing class divides over time.
New Orleans has about a 40% chance of getting hit by a tropical storm in any given year. Here’s how heat, winds and the shape of the seafloor raise the hurricane damage risk.
With adaptive design, infrastructure is ready to be expanded in the future. It’s working for the Dutch.
Economic recovery and carbon neutrality are linked. Both depend on the ocean’s ability to continue to regulate climate.
NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.
There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that’s only one reason 2020 was extreme.
Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it’s getting harder for them to bounce back.
More than half the US production of broiler chickens is in states along the coast frequently struck by hurricanes.
In an era of climate change and extreme weather, a microgrid — a self-sufficient, energy-generating distribution and control system — puts communities on the path to self-reliance.
New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government’s flood maps indicate.
Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.
It’s only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there’s an unusual twist to where many of the storms formed this year.