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After 2011’s Destruction, 2012 Sees Far Fewer Tornadoes

According to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admnistration (NOAA), the preliminary total of 757 tornadoes through Sept. 21 is about 400 twisters shy of what would be expected in an average year. The chart the center produced illustrates the stark difference between this year and last year, … Read More

Image of the Day: An Elephant on Mars

No, you’re not hallucinating. That really does look like an elephant, and it really is on the surface of Mars, photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Before you begin speculating about the Martians who carved this enormous sculpture, however—and about how they got an elephant over to Mars to sit for the artist—you need to realize that … Read More

Barring Unusual Cold, 2012 Will Be Hottest Year on Record

The U.S. has experienced its warmest year-to-date (January-August) on record, and unless the next four months are about as cold as the first eight months were hot, 2012 will go down as the hottest year on record. According to the National Climatic Data Center, 1998 was the warmest year on record in the U.S., with an average temperature of 55.08°F. … Read More

Image of the Day: Historical Hurricane Tracks

An interactive map that allows you to interact with the data and explore the more than 6,000 tropical cyclones ranging from 1842 and occuring in over seven major ocean basins around the world. To begin, simply enter your zip code, the storm name or year you are interested in or the ocean basin of your choice.… Read More

Image of the Day: A Village Forced to Move by Rising Seas

The villagers of Vunidogoloa on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, know first hand how impactful sea level rise from manmade climate change can be on daily life. In an article from Alternet, it is explained that the Fijians are currently in the process of relocating their seaside village — which has been disturbed by rising seas, erosion, … Read More

Visualizing 2012’s Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt

On average, more and more sea ice has been melting each summer, with widespread implications for the rest of the world. When white, highly reflective ice melts to reveal darker seawater, the ocean absorbs heat from the sun, warming the water and air and making it more likely that there will be even more melting in later years.… Read More

Image of the Day: The Wildfires that Continue to Burn

A view of the numerous fires that continued to rage throughout the northwestern United States as of September 17, 2012 taken from NASA’s Aqua satellite. You can also monitor and obtain stats in on the blazes in real-time using Climate Central’s new interactive wildfires map. Wildfires such as these have been burning throughout the Western U.S. … Read More

A Closer Look at Arctic Sea Ice Melt and Extreme Weather

Since March, the amount of Arctic sea ice that has disappeared is about equal to the areas of Texas and Canada, combined. As a result such extensive sea ice losses, says the study, the jet stream, which has always been rather capricious, is behaving differently now. … Read More