Harvey, Irma and Maria are names many in the U.S. and the Caribbean won’t soon forget.
In the span of a month beginning in August 2017, those hurricanes were responsible for thousands of lives lost, according to some estimates, not to mention the hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. They upended lives in Houston, Texas and Puerto Rico, and in the case of Irma, essentially wiped out Barbuda.
Nova’s “Rise of the Superstorms,” premiering on PBS on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central, explores the science behind these monster hurricanes, the devastation they brought to affected communities and how people came together in their time of need.
Of course, there is no ignoring the climate connection.
As the show notes, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, and as more heat gets trapped in rising oceans, it provides more fuel for storms. Harvey, Irma and Maria may have also ushered in an era of climate refugees in the U.S. and surrounding territories, where folks have no choice but to resettle elsewhere.
Watch the trailer below or click on the show page for more information.