The official start to hurricane season
is coming in the next week, running from June 1st to November 30th and some meteorologists predict that this season will be slightly-below average in the number of named hurricanes that the Atlantic will get. The season’s most active and dangerous time runs between August and October. Warm ocean temperatures and increased moisture in the atmosphere combine to create stronger storms in the summer, setting the stage for the development of hurricanes and cyclones.
Over the past decade, global economic losses
from weather have grown more costly. During the first part of the 21st century, there was only one year when global economic losses from storms cost over $200 billion. As the second decade of the 21st century wraps up, those $200 billion-dollar years seem to be more normal, with five of the past nine years grossing over $200 billion in global losses from weather events. The highest year on record was registered in 2017, totaling over $400 billion in losses. These losses only include damage created by atmospheric weather, like cyclones, hurricanes, and flooding. These totals do not include any damage caused by crops or wildfires, both of which have also devasted many areas around the world since 2010.
While the number of storms has not changed that much, there is some evidence that storms are becoming more severe, resulting in more costly and deadly storms