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Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

The old adage is that "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get," since day-to-day weather may depart significantly from average conditions.… Read More

Monster Cyclone Phailin Poses Deadly Threat to India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin may be comparable in size and strength to 1999’s Odisha Cyclone, if not a bit stronger than that storm, which also struck India’s east coast. That storm hit the coast near the city of Bhubaneswar as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph sustained winds, driving a surge nearly 20 feet high onto the coast.… Read More

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

A Tennessee philosopher and Christian environmentalist debate the moral imperative for action on climate change. … Read More

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

Scientists have developed awe-inspiring visualizations of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic states one year ago next month. The visualizations, created using state-of-the-art computer models, amount to some of most detailed looks at any hurricane to date. Scientists based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder … Read More

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

On Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, the federal government shutdown after Congress failed to pass a budget. The shutdown starts on a day when Yosemite National Park turns 123 years old and NASA celebrates its 55th birthday, but that didn't keep either the park or the agency up and running. Many physical sites that fall under the federal domain such as 401 … Read More

‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

A barrage of unusually intense early-autumn storm systems swept across the Pacific Northwest this weekend, bringing hurricane force winds and dumping enough rain to smash all-time monthly rainfall records from Seattle to Portland. In Seattle and Olympia, Wash., Sept. 28 was the wettest September day on record. In Seattle, 1.71 inches of rain fell, … Read More

Europe Whets Appetite for Coal as U.S. Eschews It

Natural gas is proving to be a formidable challenger to the dominance of coal in the U.S., but not necessarily overseas, according to two new U.S. Energy Information Administration reports released this week.… Read More

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The first installment in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out on Friday, and it’s loaded with dense terminology, expressions of uncertainty, and nearly impenetrable graphics. Here’s what you need to know, in number and chart form.… Read More