The peak of hurricane & tropical storm activity doesn’t usually come until Sept. 10. And, on average, there tend to be significantly more storms after the peak than before it.
The current level of understanding makes it hard to say for certain how climate change will influence Atlantic hurricanes in the future.
As the graphic shows, people cause most wildfires. But lightning-ignited fires burn by far the most territory.
Record highs have outpaced record lows by a bigger margin each decade since the 1960s.
The highlights of NOAA's 2013 Spring climate summary.
The number of big fires has shot up since 1970, with the largest number occurring during the years with the highest temperatures.
We've been in an active Atlantic Hurricane period since 1995, where the average number of named tropical storms has jumped significantly to 15.2 per year.
A snapshot of how 2012 stacks up against the five other warmest years ever recorded in the U.S.