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  • What prompted tropical cyclone Hilary’s unusual path?

    Portrait of professor Deanna Hence, seated, with a computer image of a hurricane in the background

    Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit the California coast in 84 years. The combination of conditions that prompted the storm's path are not unheard of, but their particular timing and severity are unusual, says atmospheric sciences professor Deanne Hence.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s note:  

    To contact Deanna Hence, call 217-244-6014; email