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2018 Hurricane Season May Be Busier Than Normal

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2018 Hurricane Season May Be Busier Than Normal

It may seem like we just said goodbye to Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but the new hurricane season is near its official start of June 1. With that, Colorado State University is out with its annual Atlantic forecast, and the season looks to be a little busier than usual, reports the Weather Channel: 3 big ones: The forecast calls for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes among those seven. All are above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. Last year: We ended up with 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and...

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Natural disasters: 2017 already one of the worst for $1 billion losses

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Natural disasters: 2017 already one of the worst for $1 billion losses

Melted cars. Mangled homes. Shocking drone footage shows communities of ashes created by California wildfires. (Above) A hurricane dumped record rainfall on Texas, another left nearly all of Puerto Rico without electricity and intense wildfires killed more than 40 people in California — all in just the past two months. So far this year, 15 separate weather and climate disasters have each caused at least $1 billion in damages in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Initial estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from the northern California wildfires at well over $1 billion. If so, 2017...

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“Dimming the sun” could save corals from bleaching and hurricanes

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“Dimming the sun” could save corals from bleaching and hurricanes

Time for artificial planet coolers? A cooling “sunshade” for the planet could reduce harmful coral bleaching and the number of hurricanes, which damage reefs. With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, the idea of squirting a cloud of sulphate aerosols into the upper atmosphere is being investigated by several groups of scientists. This would scatter some of the sun’s rays back into space, reducing the rate at which the Earth is warming. Now a study by James Crabbe at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and his colleagues examines what this form of geoengineering would do to the Caribbean...

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Red Sun Freaks People Out Across England, Hurricane Ophelia and Fires to Blame

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Why Puerto Rico still has no electrical power and how to fix it

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Why Puerto Rico still has no electrical power and how to fix it

Puerto Rico is still literally powerless. Though Hurricane Maria made landfall as a category four hurricane over a week ago, the storm has left the island almost entirely without electrical power. The island’s electrical grid was unable to resist the one-two punch of Hurricane Irma followed by Maria. 250-kilometre-per-hour winds and 76 centimetres of rain have left nearly 100 per cent of the island without power. Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rosselló calls the situation a “humanitarian emergency”. The lack of power makes it hard to refrigerate food and to run air conditioning – both essential in the hot Caribbean climate....

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