After 11 long years, a very powerful hurricane will make a landfall in the state of Florida. From previously a tropical storm Hermine, it now turns as a hurricane with its maximum sustained winds increased to 120 km/hr.
Weather forecasters predict Florida and the Bahamas will be hit with strong winds, coastal flooding and torrential rainfall on Sunday and Monday. This could be the largest hurricane to ever hit Florida in years.
Tropical cyclones - also known as typhoons - disperse powerful winds that can have a dramatic impact on nutrient cycling of an ecosystem. Island nations in the western Pacific and native plants in this region seem to be hit the hardest by these massive storms.
New models suggest that New York City is at a higher risk of hurricane-related flooding, say researchers Pennsylvania State University who compared records of storm surge levels from before and after climate change.
According to new models, storm surges are expected to increase significantly in areas that aren't usually susceptible to tropical storms. Researchers call these cyclones Gray Swans, and believe that as climate change increase, so does the possibility of these potentially devastating storms.
It's been ten years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the western US. Now NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS) have released detailed maps showing how radically the hurricane changed not only neighbor- and livelihoods, but also the geography of New Orleans itself.
The Atlantic is often hit with hurricanes come summertime, but it is likely to see below-normal storms this season, according to the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
The Hawaiian islands are known for their slow and ponderous lava flows that can lasts for months. Hurricane-force winds certainly don't fit that description, but can be equally disastrous given the right circumstances. Now, both natural forces could be encroaching upon Hawaii at the same time, which is worrying officials.
Hurricane Marie has finally begun to spin down, weakening from hurricane status to a tropical storm this Thursday morning. Interestingly, NASA and NOAA satellites show that Marie is a fighter, still producing new rising air and thunderstorms to keep it spinning.
California Beachgoers might want to be extra careful if they plan on heading to the Baja coast this weekend. While Lowell won't be making landfall, National Hurricane Center is still worried that the tropical storm's massive size will be enough to create dangerous conditions alone the California coast.