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Hurricane season is expected to be very active — what role is climate change playing? Plus, a closer look at our local weather reporting

Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas in September 2018. Gov. Cooper's order requires a new study of the risks of state-owned buildings to flooding from storms and sea-level rise.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas in September 2018.

Hurricane season is officially here, so we’ve assembled a panel of experts to tell us how we should prepare.

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be a very active one — which could put Americans at risk for flooding and damage to homes and businesses caused by high winds.

One of the main reasons behind this increased activity? Climate change experts say this season will be impacted by abnormally warm ocean temperatures. There’s also the climate phenomenon known as La Niña, which makes wind patterns that are favorable for hurricane production. La Niña is expected to go into effect by late summer, which is peak hurricane season.

We’ll also take a look at how we report on the weather in Charlotte. The Queen City is one of the largest cities in the country without a National Weather Service radar — the closest one is in Greer, South Carolina. Experts say if we had a radar in Charlotte, they would be better able to predict the severity and impact of storms.

That’s on the next Charlotte Talks.


David Boraks, independent reporter and producer based in Davidson and WFAE’s former climate reporter
Kathie Dello, (Ph.D), state climatologist of North Carolina
Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist at WCNC

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Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.