Willie Drye, National Geographic

Willie Drye

National Geographic

Plymouth, NC, United States

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Past articles by Willie:

2017 Hurricane Season Was the Most Expensive in U.S. History

A series of major storms, including Harvey, Maria, and Irma, have caused unprecedented amounts of damage. → Read More

The True Story of the Most Intense Hurricane You've Never Heard Of

How one mistake led to a harrowing race to save hundreds of men trapped in the Florida Keys. → Read More

How to Build a Category 5 Hurricane Like Irma

It takes special conditions to breed and feed these rare monster storms. → Read More

Harvey May Become the Rainiest Storm in U.S. History—Here's Why

Several factors have combined to make the storm wetter than most, with potentially deadly consequences for the Texas coast. → Read More

Why Hurricane Harvey May Be Deadlier Than Other Storms

Several factors may combine and lead to a serious disaster. Here's what the science says. → Read More

Hurricane Forecasting Advances Since Andrew 25 Years Ago

Twenty-five years since the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, weather forecasting is providing new insights—as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches Texas. → Read More

Recent Books Recount Horror of 1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane (Part 2) – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Eighty-eight years ago, a savage hurricane tore across the Caribbean, killing thousands. Its winds probably reached 160 mph at times. The storm turned and crossed the Bahamas before smashing ashore… → Read More

Treasure on Sunken Spanish Galleon Could Be Biggest Ever

The lure of a billion dollars in gold and jewels is already spurring conflict over rights to the San Jose, found off Colombia's coast. → Read More

El Niño Winter: Warm and Dry in the North, Cold and Wet in the South

The winter of 2015-16 could be a dry one in the northern Rocky Mountains, around the Great Lakes, and in Alaska and Hawaii, while Southern California and southern states from Arizona to Florida might be in for an unusually wet winter. Forecasters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based that prediction Thursday on a very strong El Niño event that they expect to continue… → Read More

Ten Years of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in One Graphic

Hurricanes have largely avoided the U.S. coast since 2005, but there have been many serious storms and near-misses. → Read More

This Year’s Quiet Hurricane Season Could Still Surprise Us

NOAA is predicting lighter-than-usual hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year. But quiet seasons aren't necessarily silent. → Read More

El Niño Could Mean Extreme Weather, Fewer Anchovies

Conditions are right for a strong El Niño this year, and scientists are predicting a wide range of effects. → Read More

Why This Hurricane Season May Be Quiet for Atlantic Ocean

An El Niño and cooler waters in the Atlantic could be harbingers of a slow season for tropical storms. → Read More

Blackbeard's Ship Confirmed off North Carolina

A shipwreck off the North Carolina coast is definitely that of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, state officials say. → Read More