Hurricane season is drawing to a close, but not before setting a record. Tropical Storm Theta became the 29th named Atlantic storm this week, making 2020 the busiest season on record.
And it’s not just the total number of storms that’s remarkable. At least nine storms this year underwent a process known as rapid intensification, quickly gathering strength over a short period of time as they moved across the ocean.
According to at least one expert, only 1995 saw more storms rapidly intensify in a single season.
Experts have attributed the flurry of storms, and the speed at which they’ve strengthened, in part to abnormally warm oceans this year.
This season’s unusual activity has reignited scientific discussions about the ways in which climate change may affect future hurricane activity. And now, just a few weeks before hurricane season officially ends, scientists have identified yet another way warming waters may