Erika Navarro
Weather Channel’s Erika Navarro.

Meteorologist Erika Navarro became fascinated by hurricanes at age 12, when the torrential rains of Hurricane Floyd struck her home state of New Jersey.

Navarro: “I remember just staring out my window for three days, because that’s how much it rained. And I was amazed with what I was seeing, I didn’t quite understand why it was happening, and so it was a moment of awe, fascination, and really motivation to continue learning about it.”

Nearly 20 years and a PhD later, Navarro is still studying hurricanes. Now, as a Weather Channel meteorologist, she helps others learn about them, too. She says that, today, helping people understand the science of extreme weather means talking about climate change, especially after a devastating hurricane season like 2017.

Navarro: “It’s hard to not ask the question ‘did climate play a role in that?’ and I absolutely believe that it did.”

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She says as the atmosphere heats up, it holds more water vapor. The oceans are also warming. Both factors can strengthen storms.

Navarro: “My job is always to communicate the science. I feel responsible for sharing that information and that knowledge.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (background image)

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