Researchers on a field project called VORTEX2 gathered extensive data on this tornado, which struck near La Grange, Wyoming, on June 5, 2009. Thankfully, there is little reason to believe that such twisters are increasing as the climate warms. (Robert Henson)
Hurricane Danielle as seen from the International Space Station on August 27, 2010—a year in which 19 named storms raged across the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including 12 hurricanes. The only prior year with more Atlantic hurricanes was 2005. (NASA)
Debris lines the streets of Tacloban, Philippines, after the catastrophic Supertyphoon Haiyan in November 2013. (Trocaire, Ireland/CC-BY-2.0/creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Wikimedia Commons)
Aerial view of the MOSE project in Venice, Porto di Lido, late 2012. The project was criticized for being expensive, experimental, monolithic, and potentially obsolete even before it was completed. (Magistrato alle Acque di Venezia, Consorzio Venezia Nuova)
Hurricane Katrina approaches the Gulf Coast on August 28, 2005. (NOAA)
A rollercoaster that thrilled generations of kids along New Jersey’s Seaside Heights boardwalk became iconic in a different way after it was inundated and pulled offshore by Sandy. (FEMA/Patsy Lunch)
World regions prone to hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones: different names for the same phenomenon.
Tropical cyclone totals for the period 1980–2009: while the total number of tropical cyclones around the globe ranked Category 1 to 5 didn’t change much over these three decades, the proportion of Category 4 and 5 cyclones—those that produce the worst damage—rose markedly. (Judith Curry/IBTrACS)