In May, two tropical storms formed over the Atlantic, hitting the Carolinas with strong winds and then flooding rains. It was the first time since 2016 that two named tropical storms formed before the recognized start of hurricane season.
Such extreme weather events, driven by climate change, are likely to become more and more common as Texas approaches its bicentennial in 26 years. In March, Texas A&M researchers — led by state climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon) and Texas 2036 released a report showing that extreme weather is likely to double the 100-degree days in the state (compared to the 2000-2018 average), and extreme rainfall events will likely be 30-50 percent common than they were about a half-century ago.
More damaging hurricanes, coupled with rising sea levels, are also a top concern: on some parts of the Texas coast, the storm surge risk may double by 2050.