No Major Hurricanes in Seven Weeks? Let’s Talk Climate Change Anyway.

This summer marks the third longest gap between named tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean since the '95. Is this year just an exception?



Had you noticed that the Atlantic hurricane season got off to such a quiet start this year?

The 49-day period between July 3 and August 21 (when this episode was recorded) marks the third longest gap between named Atlantic tropical storms since 1995. Does this uncharacteristically slow start to hurricane season disprove climate change? Not at all. Ethan breaks down why 2022 has been a lucky year up to this point and how climate advocates could bring more nuance and sensitivity to the hurricane conversation in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown

Fact Checker: Owen Reith

Editor: Will Andronico

Producers: Ethan Brown, Shannon Damiano

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Music: Brett Sawka

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