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Are Superstorms The New Normal?

NOVA’s Rise of the Superstorms explores whether stronger, more destructive storms are becoming more frequent and what we can do to better predict future major storms.

An infrared satellite image shows Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall on Aug. 25, 2017. Warm water in the Gulf of Mexico fed heavy rains, according to new research.

We don’t need to remind you what last hurricane season was like. After Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Greater Houston and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast, it was followed close behind by Irma in the Caribbean, and Maria in Puerto Rico.

A new episode of NOVA premiering tonight explores whether this is the new normal and what we can do to better predict future major storms.

Craig Cohen talks with Liesl Clark, writer, producer, and director of NOVA’s Rise of the Superstorms, which debuts tonight at 8 on Houston Public Media TV 8.

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