Don’t look now, but the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could break records

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After helping nearly 50 Black TGNC folks with their food drive, The Okra Project partnered with another organization, For the Gworls, to highlight the ongoing medical needs and expenses of Black trans folks. Photo: MarioGuti/Getty Images

In late February, New Orleans hosted its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. As usual, there were vivid floats, crowds galore, and attendees adorned in green, purple, and yellow decorative beads. Community organizer Mariah Moore was one of those folks relishing in the experience, but little did she know that just a month later, those Crescent City streets would be all but deserted due to the novel coronavirus.

“A lot of our culture is just gone right now. We’re not able to do a lot of the things that bring us joy like our second lines and celebrating people’s lives,” she says. “It’s hard for everyone, but specifically for us because we thrive on that human contact.”

Since the clampdown of stay-at-home orders nationwide to address the global pandemic, Louisiana has become one of the hot spots for Covid-19. In fact, by early April, New Orleans had a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. As soon as more information began trickling out about the disease, Moore sprang into action with other LGBTQ organizers to address the needs of the local residents…


Don’t look now, but the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could break records

Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans saw record-high temperatures last month. Meanwhile, the average ocean temperature worldwide came in just shy of the record set in 2016.

On Saturday morning, a tropical depression formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean — the earliest tropical cyclone in that area since reliable record-keeping began in the early 1970s.

These two facts are related: Warming water is changing the size and frequency of tropical storms. And new forecasts show that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which will take place between June and November, is shaping up to be among the worst we’ve ever experienced…

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