With the formation of tropical storm Theta, there were more tropical cyclones in 2020 than ever before.
Theta is the 29th named storm of 2020 in the Atlantic. Earth-safe theta formed on Monday (November 9th) a few hundred kilometers off the coast of Liberia, breaking the record for the total number of said storms during the hurricane season in the Atlantic. (When the sustained winds of a tropical cyclone reach 63 to 118 km / h, it is considered a tropical storm and given a name.)
The previous record for the busiest hurricane season was 28, set in 2005 – the only time in history that the National Hurricane Center exhausted its list of Atlantic storm names and read the letters in Greek. In 2005, the last storm did not form until the end of December, so there is still enough time in 2020 to increase the score.
Climate change makes hurricanes stronger and more dangerous on average, but according to Yale Climate Connections, it is not yet clear whether it will make them more common.
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In the United States, the Gulf of Mexico was hardest hit by this stormy season in the Atlantic. Five named record-breaking storms have landed in Louisiana. The worst of these was Hurricane Laura in August, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the state – shortly after the weaker tropical storm Marco. After Laura rendered thousands homeless, three more storms landed along the Louisiana coast and several more in the area before sweeping over Louisiana.
Overall, the death toll for the 2020 Atlantic season is hundreds. According to the Jamaica Observer, Hurricane Laura alone killed 31 people in Haiti and 8 according to Fox 8 in Louisiana. According to data from CBS News, Hurricane Eta killed or went missing 150 people in Guatemala.
Major hurricanes aren’t the only dramatic symptom of climate change affecting the United States this year. Forest fires have stained the sky on the west coast orange, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate across multiple states, killing dozen. And the Harvard School of Public Health says climate change has increased the risk of a pandemic and contributed to the spread of insect-borne diseases like Lyme disease.
The western Pacific has also seen its share of dangerous tropical cyclones this year. The Super Typhoon Goni, the strongest storm of the year according to CNN, hit the Philippines in early November.
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