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Tropical Storm Victor Forms in Eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Victor Forms in Eastern Atlantic

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Tropical Storm Victor formed on Wednesday in the eastern Atlantic, becoming the 20th named storm of the busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.As of 5 a.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Victor was about 550 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, off the west coast of Africa, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.The storm was moving west-northwest at about 13 m.p.h. and could strengthen into a hurricane on Friday, the center said.There were no watches or warnings in effect, and the storm was not expected to affect land over the next few days, according to the center.After Victor, there is only one name, Wanda, left on this year’s primary list of 21 storm names. If more storms form, the National Weather Service will move on to a list of supplemental names, ...
Subtropical Storm Teresa Forms North of Bermuda

Subtropical Storm Teresa Forms North of Bermuda

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Subtropical Storm Teresa formed on Friday north of Bermuda, becoming the 19th named storm of the busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.Unlike tropical storms, subtropical storms do not have the potential to quickly grow into hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.Teresa has a small window to “intensify slightly” but it’s more likely to remain a subtropical storm until it dissipates, the National Hurricane Center said.A developing system forming off New England should absorb Teresa in a day or two, forecasters said. The storm is not expected to threaten land.The Hurricane Center said Teresa would most likely be the ninth “shortie” — a system that is short-lived and relatively weak — of the hurricane season. Odette, Peter and Rose are recent examples of these kinds of storms.“Th...
How Can New York City Prepare for the Next Ida? Here’s a To-Do List.

How Can New York City Prepare for the Next Ida? Here’s a To-Do List.

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When the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept into New York this month, the storm’s ferocity shocked the city. Even with meteorologists warning of intense rains and flooding, the swiftness with which the storm turned streets into rushing — and deadly — rivers caught officials and residents off guard.New York has taken steps to prepare for the extreme weather driven by climate change. For years, particularly after Hurricane Sandy flooded much of the region, civic groups, environmental organizations and officials had raised alarms and urged action to protect from extreme storms.But much of the post-Sandy work focused on flooding caused by rising waters surrounding the city’s shores. The rains brought by Ida — and two other storms this summer that deluged parts of the area — pose a different kind ...

Tropical Storm Peter Forms in the Atlantic Ocean

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Tropical Storm Peter formed in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean on Sunday, forecasters said, announcing the 16th named storm of the 2021 season.As of 9 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, the storm was about 470 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and expected to pass “well north of the Lesser Antilles,” according to the National Hurricane Center.The center said that rainfall around the periphery of the storm could lead to “areas of urban and small stream flooding” in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the rest of the northern Leeward Islands from late Sunday into Tuesday.Meteorologists have faced a dizzying several months as the arrival of peak hurricane season — August through November — has led to a run of named storms that formed in quick succession, bringing stormy weather, floodi...

As Climate Change Fears Grow, a Real Fight Over Fake Turf

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EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Residents near a small neighborhood park in New Jersey awoke early this month to the roaring sound of heavy machinery: A grassy field they had been begging officials to fix for years was finally getting a face-lift.Then they learned of the details.The field and more than a dozen trees lining Columbian Park in East Orange, a densely packed city in northern New Jersey, were being bulldozed to make way for an artificial turf football and baseball field and a rubberized running track. Plans also call for a playground and stationary exercise equipment, as well as 40 new saplings.Many of the nearby residents whose yards are directly adjacent to the park were furious, joining their counterparts in a growing number of towns throughout the state and country who are trying to blo...

Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

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Just weeks before Hurricane Ida knocked out power to much of Louisiana, leaving its residents exposed to extreme heat and humidity, the chief executive of Entergy, the state’s biggest utility company, told Wall Street that it had been upgrading power lines and equipment to withstand big storms.“Building greater resiliency into our system is an ongoing focus,” the executive, Leo P. Denault, told financial analysts on a conference call on Aug. 4, adding that Entergy was replacing its towers and poles with equipment “able to handle higher wind loading and flood levels.”Mr. Denault’s statements would soon be tested harshly. On the last Sunday in August, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and dealt a catastrophic blow to Entergy’s power lines, towers and poles, many of which were built de...

Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

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After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.Five states had their warmest June through August in 127 years of record-keeping. Not coincidentally, two of those states — California and Oregon — experienced some of the largest fires in their history, as the high temperatures contributed to extra-dry soils and vegetation that helped fires spread quickly.Scott Handel, a meteorologist with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said during a news conference that the forecast for October called for above-normal temperatures across much of the country, with only the Pacific No...
Climate Change Calls for Backup Power, and One Company Cashes In

Climate Change Calls for Backup Power, and One Company Cashes In

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Living on the South Carolina coast means living under the threat of dangerous weather during storm season. But the added peril of the pandemic made Ann Freeman nervous.“What do I do if there’s an evacuation or there’s a storm and you have all this coronavirus and problems with hotels?” Ms. Freeman said. “So I said, ‘Maybe now is the time.’”That’s why Ms. Freeman spent $12,400 last year to install a Generac backup generator at her home on Johns Island, a sea island near the Charleston peninsula. The wait — about three months — seemed long.But she was lucky: The wait is twice as long now.Demand for backup generators has soared over the last year, as housebound Americans focused on preparing their homes for the worst, just as a surge of extreme weather ensured many experienced it.Hurricane Id...
Tropical Storm Nicholas Forms and Could Bring Heavy Rain to Texas

Tropical Storm Nicholas Forms and Could Bring Heavy Rain to Texas

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Tropical Storm Nicholas, which formed on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico and could bring heavy rains to coastal Texas and Louisiana, became the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said.A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas, from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Port Aransas, Texas, about 40 miles outside of Corpus Christi, the center said. Mexico has also issued a tropical storm warning from Barra El Mezquital north to the U.S.-Mexico border.Nicholas could produce rainfall totals of five to 10 inches, with isolated amounts of up to 15 inches, across portions of coastal Texas into Southwest Louisiana starting on Sunday and lasting through the middle of the week, the hurricane center said.The center said tropical storm condi...
Biden’s Speech on Climate Change and Ida: Full Transcript

Biden’s Speech on Climate Change and Ida: Full Transcript

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My “Build Back Better” plan with key investments to fight climate change, cutting emissions and make things more resilient. Each dollar we invest, every dollar — we raise a city block by two feet, flood-proof power stations, sanitations, reduction in the buildup of kindling in our forest, installing electrical lines underground rather than overhead — saves us six dollars for every single dollar we spend to do those things.Because the next time disaster strikes, the flood is contained, the fire doesn’t spread as widely, and power stays on. Not to mention those investments save lives, homes and create good-paying union jobs.I hosted 56 heads of state in Washington. And I pointed out, we’re talking about climate change, and I said I think of one word when I think of climate change: jobs. Good...