This Year’s Wild Hurricane Season Is an Ominous Sign of What’s Ahead

High tide floods Venice as dike-on-demand wasn’t activated. Image: People wade their way through water in flooded St. Mark’s Square following a high tide, in Venice, Italy.
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This Year’s Wild Hurricane Season Is an Ominous Sign of What’s Ahead

This year’s record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Nov. 30, but the procession of violent storms it unleashed foreshadows a dark future fueled by climate change.

A combination of warmer oceans, weather patterns triggered by La Nina and an unusually busy African monsoon season led to the 30 tropical storms and hurricanes that formed in 2020—more than double the long-term average. A record 12 hit the U.S., and 10 abruptly exploded in strength and became more deadly as they approached land, which Yale Climate Connections meteorologist Jeff Masters says could be a grim omen for what lies ahead…

Venice Floods After New Barrier Fails to Activate

Flood waters swamped Venice’s iconic Saint Mark’s Square on Tuesday, despite the implementation of a barrier system that was supposed to protect the city from the flooding events that are getting more frequent because of the climate crisis.

The water level rose to a high of 4.5 feet above sea level in the afternoon, AFP reported. This swamped St. Mark’s Square, the lowest point in the city at only about three feet above sea level, as well as its historic basilica.

“The situation is terrible, we’re under water in a dramatic way,” the church’s head procurator Carlo Alberto Tesserin told Italian media, as The Guardian reported.

The flooding came despite the fact that the city had finally installed a system of retractable flood barriers called MOSE. However, the system failed to activate because of a mistaken weather forecast.

MOSE is designed to close its barriers before high tides of 1.3 meters (approximately 4.3 feet). However, Tuesday’s tide was only predicted to rise to 1.2 meters (approximately 3.9 feet), instead of the 4.5 feet it eventually reached…

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