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The media shapes public perception about current events, but that doesn’t mean we all see or hear the same things. A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a platform for “studying media ecosystems” that reveals how news events are framed by media outlets around the world.

The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent.

The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market.

Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate has been at 4.3 or 4.4 percent since April.

Hurricane Irma is hovering somewhere between being the most- and second-most powerful hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. It follows Harvey, which dumped trillions of gallons of water on South Texas. And now, Hurricane Jose is falling into step behind Irma, and gathering strength.

Is this what climate change scientists predicted?

In a word, yes. Climate scientists such as Michael Mann at Penn State says, "The science is now fairly clear that climate change will make stronger storms stronger." Or wetter.

This year Florida lawmakers changed the way the state building codes are updated. There are concerns the new law could weaken the integrity of Florida homes, in order to cut construction costs. In the wake of Harvey, those concerns are taking on a new significance.

Some have claimed that storms like Hurricane Harvey are the result of global climate change, which is likely to mean more dangerous weather events in the future. So we checked in with the State of Florida’s climatologist to get his take on that argument.

The 2017 hurricane season, already forecast to churn out more storms than usual, is likely to get even busier.

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its forecast, just as the season peak nears, calling for 14 to 19 names storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes with winds topping 111 mph. That’s slightly above the 11 to 17 named storms and two to four major hurricanes predicted at the start of the season.

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.

Florida's state-created property insurer is probably going to raise its rates again.

New Hurricane Advisories Will Give Storm Prep Deadlines

Jun 2, 2017
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Some coastal residents always put off emergency preparations until storm clouds loom on the horizon. The National Hurricane Center is going to try giving those people a deadline this year, issuing experimental advisories showing when tropical-storm force winds may hit particular communities to help them understand when it's too late to put up storm shutters or evacuate.

With the start of Hurricane season upon us, the state’s Attorney General not only wants Floridians to be prepared, she also wants the public to watch out for scammers.

Owning a resturant on the water was a dream come true for Peter Stefani. For 26 years, Stefani had watched the waves rise and fall just outside his businesses.

Still, the Nebraska native hardly had an idea of what the tide could do until Hurricane Hermine hit Cedar Key.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins Thursday. To help Florida residents get ready, the state is offering a tax break on storm supplies.

It’s that time of year again, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. This week on Florida Matters we’re taking a look at how various areas of the state are preparing for hurricane season, and at some new changes in storm response efforts.


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After more than two decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunter planes have a new home. Construction crews are scrambling to get it ready for this week's start of hurricane season.

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Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1, but preparations are already underway. The National Weather Service outlined some new ways it's warning Floridians about possible danger at a briefing Tuesday in Tampa. 

Florida Dodges Hurricanes - Again

Nov 26, 2015

The Atlantic hurricane season is coming to a close for the 10th consecutive year without Florida taking a direct hit.

Going from June 1 to Nov. 30 without a hurricane making landfall --- even though hurricanes can form outside the designated "season" --- is once again great news for residents and for the insurance industry.

But emergency-management officials say there isn't time to rest.

Cloudy patches from other kinds of disasters --- storm-related flooding and tornadoes --- could be on the winter and spring horizon.

A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades.

The Atlantic looks like it is entering in to a new quieter cycle of storm activity, like in the 1970s and 1980s, two prominent hurricane researchers wrote Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Hurricane Danny has gained a little strength as it moves across the Atlantic.

The busier months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season are here, but Florida Public Radio Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says confidence continues to grow that this year may not be very active. 

Few things are certain in our skies. But Thursday, lead forecaster Gerry Bell from NOAA says he is very confident in this year’s seasonal hurricane outlook.

"The likelihood for a below normal season has jumped from 70% in May to 90% with today's updated outlook", said Bell.

An upper-level tropical disturbance will drive deeper tropical moisture into the state starting Thursday afternoon, leading to locally strong thunderstorms over inland areas by early evening. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to become more widespread and heavier Friday and Saturday, especially near the coastlines where sea breeze interactions could enhance the rainfall.

Tropical depression or storm formation with this weather feature is highly unlikely, but it will be watched closely. In the eastern Atlantic, a new tropical wave approaching the Cape Verde islands has a medium chance of developing over the weekend. This disturbance poses no imminent threat to the United States in the next five days.

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