Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El Niño heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Norma Adams, general manager of Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico. Adams, a native of Sayulita, talks about how she and other staff started in the middle of the night Thursday to evacuate an entire wedding party from the resort on the water.
The most powerful storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basin is about to slam Mexico, bringing with it the threat of deadly flooding and mudslides. Winds could reach 220 mph.
David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers.