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Good morning. It's Wednesday, May 25, and we're covering a tragic attack at a Texas elementary school, predictions of another active hurricane season, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

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Massacre in Texas

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, located roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio. It marks the worst attack on a US elementary school since 2012, when 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Partial details on the victims were available as of this morning.


Police said the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, died at the scene. No motive has been identified, and officials said Ramos, a student at the town's high school, had a limited social media presence. Reports suggest he shot and killed his grandmother before heading to Robb Elementary. 


The attack came just 10 days after a gunman killed 10 people in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo, New York, and one month after a shooter targeted a school in Washington, DC, injuring four.


Summer break was set to begin at Robb Elementary tomorrow.

Birth Rates Rebound

The number of US births rose for the first time in seven years in 2021 to nearly 3.7 million, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released yesterday. The data represent a 1% rise from 2020, when the birth rate dropped to a record low. The average number of children per woman over their lifetime—known as the total fertility rate—rose to just over 1.66 per woman. That figure remains below the replacement level of 2.1—the rate at which the population will, on average, replace itself.


The rebound spanned age groups, with women in their late 30s seeing the largest jump (5%), followed by women in their early 30s and early 40s (both 3%) and late 20s (2%). The number dropped for teens and women younger than 25. A Pew survey found a growing number of US adults plan to never have children, with reasons ranging from not wanting children to climate change concerns.


The news comes despite global birth rates generally declining; see projections by country here.

Hurricane Season 

The Gulf Coast and the eastern United States are expected to experience above-average hurricane activity this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday. If the forecast proves accurate, this year would be the seventh straight year of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. See how an average season is calculated here.


The upcoming year is expected to see anywhere from 14 to 21 named storms—those with wind speeds above 39 mph. Of those, six to 10 are expected to develop into hurricanes, which have winds of at least 74 mph, and three to six are likely to develop into Category 3 hurricanes or stronger, with winds of at least 111 mph. Warmer than average sea temperatures fuel the activity (see 101).


The past two hurricane seasons exhausted the list of 21 named storms, with 2020 being the most active year on record (30 named storms) and 2021 being the third most active year (21), behind 2005 (28).


The season officially begins June 1.

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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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