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Summer Outlook: What to Make of Extreme Weather Predictions


Radley Horton

Professor, Columbia Climate School

In the next few months, heat waves, droughts, thunderstorms, and hurricanes will wreak havoc on regions around the world. Climate scientists say these events are becoming more extreme and dangerous thanks in part to the changing climate. 

For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s outlook for the 2024 hurricane season, which just started June 1, anticipates an exceptionally high number of storms this year. 

So, why are extreme weather events worsening? How is climate change contributing to this development? And what measures are being taken to adapt to this new reality? 

This week, host Bill Loveless talks with Radley Horton about the outlook for extreme weather events across the globe this summer, and why their intensity and severity is expected to increase.

Radley is a professor at the Columbia Climate School, where he teaches and researches climate extremes, risks, impacts, and adaptation. He was a convening lead author for the United States’ Third National Climate Assessment, and he is currently a principal investigator for NOAA, focusing on climate risk in the urban U.S. Northeast.


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