We're fully aware of the destruction and damage that storms like Sandy may cause. But we just can't just throw around "storm of the century" when scientists say that these storms will start appearing more and more.
One of the strongest tropical storms of the year has slammed into remote, rural areas of the Philippines, killing at least 200 people and forcing tens of thousands more to flee their homes and villages
In the best case scenario, a storm is never named. It putters out well before it reaches land, or if on land, it's just a lot of rain, a regular annoying damp day but nothing dangerous, definitely not a hurricane, and no one is any the wiser. Other times storms start small and rise to an occasion of terror, becoming quite powerful and doing dreadful things. And we insist on naming them.
Scientific American on predicting tornadoes and hurricanes, Time on climate change and natural disasters, The New York Times on a Hawaiian nature preserve, Tara Parker-Pope on going vegan, and Mother Jones on the BP oil still out there
Hurricane Irene struck the Northeastern U.S. some three months ago and cost the state of Vermont between $175 and $250 million -- but you wouldn't know it from driving through the state today.
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FEMA has declared 84 natural disasters,
Tropical storm Lee threatens the state with flooding
FEMA's director examines the restaurant's menu as a storm indicator
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