Overall, climate experts expect 2019 to be one of the warmest years on record. So far this year in the U.S., 2019 ranks third warmest.
Rip currents, high surf and unexpectedly large “sneaker waves” had claimed at least 85 lives by October 2019. Experts say too many beachgoers either don’t understand the dangers, or ignore them.
“It is virtually certain that 2019 will end up among the five warmest years on record,” said Ahira Sánchez-Lugo.