At the same time that Hurricane Matthew ravages the southeastern US, a new tropical storm has appeared just south of Bermuda. Together, the two have set a new late-season record for storms in the Atlantic. Welcome to the frightening realities of a warmer world.
This latest storm, called Nicole, achieved hurricane status yesterday afternoon, setting a new record for the Atlantic Ocean. As Hurricane Matthew’s winds approached 120 miles per hour, Nicole’s winds reached 105 miles per hour. As NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center explained, “it marked the latest in the calendar year that two storms in the North Atlantic Ocean have had winds over 105 mph simultaneously.”