So what's up with the weather? More importantly, the average number of hurricanes per decade reaching landfall in the USA has fallen over the past 160 years.
Dorian Burnette, an Earth Science professor at the University of Memphis, said humans do affect these disasters.
Focusing on climate change and helping people affected by it are not mutually exclusive. "The resultant warming has severe consequences, including but not limited to the increase in quantity of severity of hurricanes and other storms".
Answer: While Irma was without question nasty, it wasn't globally record-setting.
This city hosted thousands of homeless people when the deadly Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
The data on how our warming planet specifically impacted Harvey and Irma won't be known for quite some time. The storm was caught between two high-pressure blocking systems shortly after it made landfall in Texas.
Similarly, Irma was a huge but not unprecedented hurricane. If the reckless leader of North Korea is able to launch an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles that strike the US mainland, the effect on America will be incalculable.
The failure to inform the public about the link between more climate pollution and stronger storms - along with more wildfire, droughts, increasing flows of refugees, and other climate costs - means we are more likely to continue down the path toward a more unsafe future.
We can't undo Harvey, but we can work together to lessen the likelihood that we have to suffer through anything like it for at least another 500 years. "Brute force interference with hurricanes doesn't seem promising".
Why did Harvey dump unprecedented, nearly biblical amounts of rainfall on Houston and its environs?
Even Pope Francis, a man in charge of an organization not renowned for its adherence to scientific principles, has taken the side of science on climate change. Warm water more easily saturates the atmosphere, which loosens it in a rage. Other factors, such as partisan identification and political ideology, were much more important to people's views.
Reynolds' piece is filled with misdirections, falsehoods, and circular logic-none of which make a coherent argument that climate change is not the culprit behind the storms. That lack of movement allowed for continued rainfall over many days - and that lead to massive flooding. Such may account for the low priority the general public puts on the issue of climate change.
The impact of global warming on the intensity and scope of hurricanes is an ever-evolving field of study, and the evidence thus far paints a unsafe picture. Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term".
But after Hurricane Irma roared into Florida while Texans were still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, it should be clear that it's past time to talk not only about climate change but also about what we can do to combat it and prepare for what it might bring.
Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in? The ocean is warmer. A study by the Niels Bohr Institute in 2013 predicted that there would be a 10-fold increase in frequency of high-intensity hurricanes if the climate becomes two degrees Celsius warmer.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about the current state of weather and how human activity might be affecting it?
If Hurricane Matthew's damage to North Carolina's coast a little over a year ago isn't enough of a wake-up call, Harvey and Irma, back to back, certainly should be. Bigger storms. Rising seas.
In addition, the leveling and paving of roads and housing developments doesn't allow the rains to run off as they would in natural marshlands.
We might also expect people in general to be less willing to support policies meant to mitigate the problem of climate change than policies meant to help their localities adapt to global warming.