I think most people would agree that the 2017 hurricane season is one best left for the scrapbook, and hopefully revisited infrequently. It was brutal, expensive and painful. Still, there is a great deal that can be learned from the season, both in terms of forecasting, as well as in terms of adaptation of coastal areas, so they might withstand stronger storms in a changing world.
Well, the first thing we need to do is increase our appetite for learning. One way to do that is to enjoy attractive videos of the season. Here is NASA’s version:
This animation displays an aerosol analysis of the time from August through September, showing the course of a few different types of particulates in the atmosphere. In it, you can see Saharan dust, smoke from the northern Rockies and evaporated sea salt. You can see the contortions within those plumes of dust as the storms spiral through the Atlantic.
Even if there wasn’t much to learn from this video, this attractive video at least gets us to look at the 2017 season again, and that’s the first step in teaching what we can about it to the broader public.