Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher appears in the following:

Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms — Storms Like Barry

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The water in the Gulf of Mexico is hot and the Mississippi River is high. That could spell disaster for Louisiana.


Louisiana Residents Try To Find The Best Way To Stay Safe In Tropical Storm Barry

Friday, July 12, 2019

The rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Barry are the biggest threat to Louisiana, particularly in the low-lying areas close to the coast. Evacuations are in place and people are concerned.


High-Tide Flooding On The Rise, Especially Along The East Coast, Forecasters Warn

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

As sea levels rise, coastal flooding that used to happen only during storms is increasingly occurring on sunny days. That has local officials reconsidering everything from zoning to police budgets.


Forecasters Caution 5G Will Interfere With Gathering Weather Data

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Forecasters are nervous that 5G communications could interfere with collecting weather information. 5G happens to use bandwidths that include the frequency emitted by moisture in the air.


The Future Of Flood Insurance

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Flood insurance is getting increasingly expensive. So Congress is trying to restructure the federal flood insurance program and figure out how to help people who live in flood-prone areas.


Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can't Afford Expensive Flood Insurance

Friday, June 07, 2019

Federal flood insurance has become dramatically more expensive in some places, putting it out of reach for many people who live on floodplains.


You May Be Stressing Out Your Dog

Thursday, June 06, 2019

When people who own dogs are stressed, their dogs also get stressed, a new study suggests. It's another indication of how emotionally synchronized dogs and their humans can be.


Mapping For Future Floods

Sunday, June 02, 2019

The flood risk maps put out by the federal government are notoriously outdated. Many elected officials have suggested fixing the problem by prioritizing funding for a mapping technology called LiDAR.


Major River Flooding, Outbreaks Of Tornadoes: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?

Friday, May 31, 2019

This week the central U.S. has flooded and experienced deadly and damaging tornadoes. When it comes to what Americans could see more of due to climate change — the links are present, but complicated.


'It's Never Done This': Arkansas River Keeps Flooding, Testing Levees And Patience

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Arkansas River is rising well above its previous record, and it's forecast to stay that way for days. That's putting pressure on old levees and making it hard for some residents to evacuate.


The 2019 Hurricane Season Will Be 'Near Normal.' But Normal Can Still Be Devastating

Thursday, May 23, 2019

NOAA forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic. But even an average year can cause record-breaking damage, as storms get bigger and wetter.


WATCH: Flooding In The U.S. Is Getting Worse

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Flooding in America is getting more frequent and severe. Climate change is driving it.


When '1-In-100-Year' Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The term "100-year flood" can be confusing and misleading, scientists, local emergency officials and homeowners all agree. Experts say there's a better way to communicate about flood risk.


Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS

Monday, April 22, 2019

PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much?


Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.


Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.


Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

After back-to-back hurricanes and wildfires, insurers are looking for more-resilient construction materials. That means building model homes and then blowing off their roofs or setting them on fire.


EPA Science Panel Considering Guidelines That Upend Basic Air Pollution Science

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Some panel members said they don't agree that breathing sooty air can cause premature death. The panel's draft recommendations to the EPA would change how it assesses the dangers of air pollution.


A 'Bomb Cyclone' Is Thwacking The Central U.S.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The storm is bringing high winds, snow, rain and dangerous road conditions. Meteorologists and local officials are warning people across the West and Midwest to cancel travel plans.


Minorities Likely To Receive Less Disaster Aid Than White Americans

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

A new NPR investigation finds that white Americans, and those with more wealth, often receive more federal aid after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth.