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Andrea Thompson is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central, focusing on extreme weather and climate change. Previously, Andrea was a writer and reporter for Live Science and Space.com, reporting on climate change, weather and other science-related topics. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.

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U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. GHG Emissions at Lowest Level in 20 Years

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined 3.4 percent in 2012 from 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Those emissions are down 10 percent from what they were in 2005, the EPA said. Most of the decline came from reductions in energy consumption, increased fuel efficiency of cars and other types of transportation, and a shift… Read More

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

The signs are there that an El Niño event may be on the way, arriving as early as this summer, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday. If you’re already as tired of hearing about El Niño as you are about the latest Kimye news you’ve got a long few months ahead of you, as meteorologists keep a paparazzi-like watch out for the… Read More

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

The East vs. West weather divide that was in place across the contiguous U.S. throughout the winter lingered into March, with the eastern portion of the country trending colder than normal and the western portion still warmer than normal. For the lower 48 as a whole, this March was the coldest on record since 2002 (though it ranks as only the… Read More

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the… Read More

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

The hole in the now famous ozone layer above the South Pole isn’t the only hole in the atmosphere, it turns out. Researchers recently discovered, to their considerable surprise, that the atmosphere above part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean is nearly devoid of one of the key chemicals that scrubs pollutants from the air. This newfound hole… Read More

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday. This final… Read More

Intense Cyclone Ita Bearing Down on Australia

Intense Cyclone Ita Bearing Down on Australia

With winds gusting up to 160-180 mph, Cyclone Ita is barreling toward the northern coast of Queensland, Australia, where its violent winds and high storm surge could cause considerable damage. Ita intensified rapidly on Thursday and its winds would make it a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. Different wind speed measurements are used… Read More

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Week after week, the drabs of good news have been as rare as the rain. And that won’t change anytime soon. California is in the midst of a crushing severe multi-year drought brought on by cumulative winters with a dearth of replenishing rains and snows and an ever-growing population. Climate patterns may be in the early stages of aligning to quench… Read More

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

It’s a sure sign that winter really is over and spring has arrived: The first major tornado threat of the season is here, with tornado watches across a large portion of the mid-South into Thursday evening. The storm threat is right on time, as early April is climatologically the period when tornado season begins to ramp up, said Bill Bunting… Read More

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

It’s that time of year again: No, we’re not talking allergies flaring or cherry blossoms blooming, but the Arctic ice cap reaching its maximum size for the year. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum area, or extent, on March 21, after a brief late season surge in ice formation. The total amount of ice coverage peaked at 5.7 million square miles, so… Read More

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth's land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. The study find… Read More

Spectacular Satellite Image: Sahara Dust Sweeps Over UK

Spectacular Satellite Image: Sahara Dust Sweeps Over UK

Folks in the UK may have noticed a layer of grime on their cars at the end of March, the sort you might find after a windy day parked by the beach. But this dust didn’t have anything to do with taking a holiday – it blew in all the way from the Sahara Desert. Dust makes the 2,000 mile trek from the Sahara to the UK several times a year. Malcolm… Read More

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

The overall warming of the planet has had a clear impact on Earth’s natural systems and human society and will pose increased – and potentially disastrous – risks in the future if the world does not make a more concerted effort to adapt and try to prevent the worst possible outcomes. That’s the continued message from the Intergovernmental Panel on… Read More

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

The nor’easter taking shape off the East Coast on Tuesday may make it seem like this winter will never end, as it brings the threat of potential snow to places in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast that have had quite enough of the white stuff, thank you. But March snows aren’t just a symptom of this year’s deep chill; snowstorms in March can, and do… Read More

2013 Is 6th Warmest Year; Climate Change Contributes

2013 Is 6th Warmest Year; Climate Change Contributes

While the eastern United States shivers through an early spring cold snap, the globe as a whole continues to warm. The World Meteorological Organization announced Monday that they had confirmed that 2013 was the sixth warmest year on record, tied with 2007, in their annual report on the world’s weather and climate. The report catalogued the… Read More

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring is finally -- finally -- here. That word is music to the ears of those in the eastern United States who are ready to thaw out from the frigid winter. But that thaw could bring flooding to parts of the Midwest and the northern Plains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its official spring outlook, released Thursday.… Read More

A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

And February, which was the 21st warmest globally since record keeping began in 1880, was the 348th consecutive month where temperatures were higher than the global average; the last month with below-average temperatures was exactly 29 years ago, in February 1985, when Ronald Reagan was just beginning his second term as president.… Read More