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    Hurricane frequency dropped during 17th century ‘Little Ice Age’

    Using records of ships wrecked by Atlantic hurricanes dating as far back as the days of Christopher Columbus, researchers have extended the hurricane record by hundreds of years. The work reveals that hurricane frequency plummeted 75 percent between 1645 and 1715, a time called the Maunder Minimum when the sun dimmed to its lowest recorded brightness.

    “We didn’t go looking for the...

    03/07/2016 - 15:00 Climate, Oceans, Archaeology
  • Science Stats

    Hurricane reports ignore indirect deaths

    Hurricanes and other tropical storms are deadlier than just surging water and howling wind. Close to half of all storm fatalities are caused indirectly, new research shows.

    Storm reports typically include only deaths directly attributable to a storm’s physical forces, such as drowning in floodwater or being struck by airborne debris. Incidental deaths are excluded, such as those that...

    09/21/2015 - 14:23 Climate, Science & Society
  • News

    Hurricane’s tiny earthquakes could help forecasters

    As Sandy raged, the ground trembled.

    Rumbles picked up by seismometers during Hurricane Sandy’s trip up the U.S. East Coast in 2012 originated from the storm’s eye, seismologists report in a paper to be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. Listening for these rumbles could help meteorologists remotely monitor air pressure changes inside hurricanes and better...

    08/25/2015 - 08:00 Climate, Earth, Oceans
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    Katrina’s legacy: Refining hurricane forecasting

    Ten years ago, the sea and sky rallied to unleash one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. During the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the most active season on record, 27 named storms —from Arlene to Zeta — swirled into existence. By far the most destructive was Hurricane Katrina.

    Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and caused an unprecedented $108 billion in damage from the...

    08/23/2015 - 05:30 Climate, Oceans
  • Museums

    Exhibit lays out principles for disaster-resistant structures

    Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires — no part of the United States is immune to natural disasters. While no one can prevent these hazards, people can prepare for them. “Designing for Disaster” at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases how scientists, engineers and government officials work together to guard the country’s infrastructure against Mother...

    12/02/2014 - 12:30 Earth, Science & Society
  • Feature

    Children can suffer emotional wounds in a disaster

    On April 19, 1995, an unemployed security guard with an antigovernment vendetta detonated more than two tons of nitrogen fertilizer mixed with fuel at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. A photographer captured a firefighter emerging from the rubble, his thick arms cradling the broken body of an infant, one of 19 babies and toddlers who lost their lives...

    12/01/2014 - 12:53 Mental Health, Human Development
  • Reviews & Previews

    Pets’ rights explored in 'Citizen Canine'

    Citizen CanineDavid GrimmPublicAffairs, $26.99

    Cats and dogs have become furry little children in the eyes of many Americans. Pet owners call themselves “mom” or “dad.” Some celebrate their animals’ birthdays and spend thousands of dollars on toys, food and veterinary care. Others even risk their lives for pets, as when owners refused to enter shelters that wouldn’t take in...

    05/31/2014 - 19:30 Animals, Science & Society
  • 50 Years Ago

    Deadliest hurricane in western hemisphere

    The deadliest storm in the history of the Western Hemisphere, hurricane Flora, was unusual in its slow, wavering pace and the force it maintained over land. Usually hurricanes lose their force when they blow across land…. Then as they move again over open water, they sometimes can regenerate their force. For nearly five days the giant mass of whirlwinds hovered over Cuba, the longest a...

    09/20/2013 - 09:00 Earth
  • News in Brief

    Extreme storm surges may occur more often

    As the climate warms, deadly flooding caused by storm surges will occur more frequently, scientists predict.

    A storm surge is the rise in water above normal tide level that occurs when hurricanes push water toward a coast. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina smacked the Gulf Coast with a storm surge of up to 8.5 meters. During the 20th century, storm surges of this magnitude hit the...

    03/18/2013 - 14:41 Earth & Environment
  • Feature

    Extremely Bad Weather

    Texas spent 2011 baking. About half the state was gripped by what climate scientists described as an “exceptional” drought, one that goes beyond their categories of severe, or even extreme.

    Texans are used to dry, but this was worse than the Dust Bowl and drier than the crippling decade-long drought of the 1950s. In fact, it was the driest year since record-...

    11/02/2012 - 06:35 Climate