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Ask an expert: How unusual were hurricanes in 2017?

The US just suffered the most intense hurricane season in more than a decade. Shuyi Chen, a professor in atmospheric sciences, puts it in context.

The United States just suffered the most intense hurricane season in more than a decade, and possibly the costliest ever. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in mid-August. Hurricane Irma struck Florida in early September, and just two weeks later, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Shuyi Chen, a professor in the atmospheric sciences department at the University of Washington, talks about why the 2017 season was so devastating, the future of forecasting, and why hurricanes have a beef with land.

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