A new statistical model predicts the number of tropical cyclones up to four months before the start of the season from November to April.
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.
Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.
How high a storm surge gets depends on both the hurricane and the land.
We might not be able to predict the next big earthquake, but we can make sure we're ready for it and understand the risks.
A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.
Knowing what makes an effective response to natural disasters will be increasingly important as the climate crisis intensifies.
Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.
Damage to septic tanks is one of the major health hazards people face when they return to their bushfire-affected homes. It was simply dumb luck a disease outbreak didn't happen last summer.
Disaster preparation and evacuation procedures weren't made for social distancing. The pandemic means response decisions are now fraught with contradictions.
Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.
After the news media move on from a major disaster site, rebuilding continues for years.
Massive landslides can trigger destructive and deadly tsunamis, and climate change could make them worse.
Buildings aren't the only things at risk in wildfires. Recent disasters in California have left local water system contaminated with toxic chemicals afterward, slowing return and recovery.
Hurricane and tornado winds spin in circles, but there's another, equally dangerous storm type where winds barrel straight ahead. They're called derechos, and are most common in summer.
It's time to redesign food systems that deliver healthy foods, allow farming families to make a good living, and support thriving societies.
Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.
Extreme weather events prompt people to move, a trend that could accelerate in a warming climate. But the ability to migrate internally in the US depends largely on economic status.
Despite the best efforts of governments, schools and parents there'll be learning losses across the board and worsened educational outcomes for the poor.
The US faces a high risk of hurricanes and other disasters this year that could leave thousands of people in need of shelter. COVID-19 will make those disasters more dangerous to manage.