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Column: Looking back over nature’s unprecedented year in 2020
Rudi Kiefer
On March 15, 2019, cyclone Idai made landfall at the coast of Mozambique, putting a violent end to the last summer days in the area (seasons in the southern hemisphere are the opposite of ours). Among the grief that the hurricane inflicted upon the economically challenged nation, it also helped bring the climate change topic back into public focus. It became clear that hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones — all the same thing — can now travel farther from their tropical origins than they used to.