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Thanks to El Niño, Rare Tropical Storms Signal a Wacky Start to 2016

For the first time since records began, two tropical storms—one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific—have appeared at the same time in January. Named Alex and Pali, these storms are being fueled by unusually warm surface waters.

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George Dvorsky

January 14th

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At 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia Is Now the Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded

Shortly after midnight on October 23, 2015, a group of courageous men and women flew into the center of Hurricane Patricia and landed in the history books. With measured winds of 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded anywhere on Earth. Let that sink in for a moment.

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October 23rd

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The Already-Flooded East Coast Faces a Massive Storm Surge from Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin strengthened to a Category 4 this afternoon on its way through the Bahamas. It’s now a large, powerful storm with sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph. The biggest threat, however, is Joaquin’s storm surge, which is raising sea levels five to ten feet in the Bahamas and could do the same — or worse — when it reaches the U.S. East Coast early next week.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

October 1st

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We’ve Never Seen This Many Massive Storms on the Pacific at Once

It was a historic moment in meteorology late last week, when three Category 4 storms were simultaneously spotted marching across the Pacific. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a tropical depression has just added itself to the mix.

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Maddie Stone

September 4th

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Four Storms on the Move | NASA’s GOES-West satellite captured this image of four tropical cyclones a

Four Storms on the Move | NASA’s GOES-West satellite captured this image of four tropical cyclones all at once in the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, there’s Typhoon Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio, Hurricane Jimena and Tropical Depression 14E.

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September 2nd

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Here’s How Much Better NASA’s Weather Models Have Gotten Since Katrina 

Almost exactly ten years ago, NASA’s models showed Hurricane Katrina approaching the coast of Louisiana. At the time, most models had a resolution of 50 kilometers. Today it’s down to just a little over 6 kilometers.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 21st

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Do Giant Plumes of Saharan Dust Explain Why We’re Having Such a Quiet Storm Season?

NASA’s Terra satellite recently captured this stunning photo of Saharan dust wafting over the Atlantic ocean. It’s one of several outbreaks this summer that some speculate may be contributing to this year’s relatively peaceful storm season.

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August 13th

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The Way We Categorize Hurricanes Sucks—But Here’s How We Can Fix It

Everybody wants a quick shorthand for a storm’s damage potential. But the index we hear used most often isn’t the best option.

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Vasu Misra and Mark Powell

June 4th

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The US Is Testing a Storm Surge Warning System for Hurricanes

The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive—sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype storm surge warning system which it hopes will be fully operational in 2017.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

May 20th

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The Worst Hurricanes in Living Memory Across the North-East, Mapped

The Worst Hurricanes in Living Memory Across the North-East, Mapped

Imagine if you could find a 105-year-old in every town and ask them which hurricane strike they remembered being the worst throughout their entire life. Or imagine mining databases for the same information. Either way, this map is the result.

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Jamie Condliffe

August 13th

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