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.
By 2100, sea level may be as high as six-and-a-half feet above 1992 levels, putting the homes of 7.8 million Americans at risk of being flooded.
Global sea level rise since 1880.