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‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

‘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

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

In Iowa, the 11 inches recorded at the town of Britt, which is in the north central part of the state, is also likely a state record. The 6.7 inches that fell in Des Moines was the biggest May snowstorm on record for that city as well. In Wisconsin, 16.2 inches fell at Ashland, which also set a state record for the heaviest May snowstorm on record.… Read More

Tell Me Why: The Climate Extremes Index Matters

Tell Me Why: The Climate Extremes Index Matters

The Climate Extremes Index, or CEI, tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in a number of categories. As climate scientist Deke Arndt explains in this edition of Tell Me Why, the CEI contains critical information on how are climate is changing and what climate trends we may see.… Read More

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

Call it our year in pictures as 2012 may be remembered for some of these top 10 images.… Read More

Extreme Weather 101: Climate Change and Precipitation

Extreme Weather 101: Climate Change and Precipitation

When it rains, it pours. That’s how we may want to think about the effects of climate change on precipitation. Scientist Tom Petersen and meteorologist Dan Satterfield explain the link between rainstorms and global warming in Extreme Weather 101.… Read More

New York Times Op-Ed: Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines

New York Times Op-Ed: Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines

The New York Times featured a Sunday op-ed by Ben Strauss, Climate Central's director of the program on sea level, in which Strauss says there are two basic ways to protect ourselves from sea level rise: reduce it by cutting pollution, or prepare for it by defense and retreat. … Read More

World Bank Ties Ending Poverty with Climate Change

World Bank Ties Ending Poverty with Climate Change

The World Bank called for urgent action on climate change on Sunday after it released a report that examined the economic, ecological and human impacts that a 7.2°F rise in global temperature would have on the world’s population… Read More

Post Sandy, Wetlands Could Help Shore Up NYC’s Defense

Post Sandy, Wetlands Could Help Shore Up NYC’s Defense

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the discussion of how New York City’s shoreline can be protected has taken on new urgency. So-called “soft measures, such as wetlands and oyster reefs, are seeing a burst of new attention as possible alternatives to “hard measures such as storm surge barriers. … Read More