Your Hurricane and Cyclone Reporting Handbook

Tropical storms are becoming more powerful every year, but that doesn’t mean reporting on them is getting any easier. As a critical story to get right for every Climate reporter, we put together this page as  guide for every young journalist who wants to tell these stories better. 

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center predicted that the 2020 Hurricane/Cyclone season will be one of the most active ever recorded. 

The outlook predicts a 60% change of an above-normal season and multiple climate factors have already been showing signs of tending toward this. 

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a fast start with four named storms forming before the end of June already!  

As journalists and communicators, we need to be best prepared to report on these pending natural disasters. So the Climate Tracker team was excited to create crucial resources to help you create stories some of the best and most effective stories around the hurricane/cyclone season. 

Weather you want to focus on bringing human stories to the fore, ensuring the public is properly informed about the role climate change has to play in these intense and more frequent conditions, or holding those responsible to account for proper preparation and adaptation, be prepared! 

  • Guidebook to Reporting on Hurricanes/Cyclones
  • Open Webinar Training on Hurricane/Cyclone reporting ((coming soon))
  • Open access to all slides used in our webinar

We’re excited to launch this guidebook on the nature of tropical storms! It’s really beneficial for editors and journalists both in storm-prone areas as well as climate journalists all over the world.

If you don’t think it’s cool, we’re pretty sure you’ll find it to useful!  

Reporting about tropical storms is not easy, and misinformation is rife. But with a good grasp of a few basic facts you can make sure you don’t fall in the common pitfalls, and you get your readers or viewers potentially life-saving information.


Our speakers are seasoned journalists and in this webinar, they share insights into some storm science, tips for freelance reporting on storms, and everything you need to know before reporting (almost). 

We hope you find these resources useful in your reporting!


Dizzanne Billy
Dizzanne is the Caribbean Regional Director at Climate Tracker, a freelance writer, and an all-around storyteller. With a special place in her heart for the beach, cats, and Coldplay, she's experienced in journalism, communications, marketing, and finding the perfect song to suit any situation.