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Twin Cities Narrowly Escape Record May Snowstorm

Twin Cities Narrowly Escape Record May Snowstorm

Had the storm hit only 50 miles or so further northwest, the Twin Cities would have been in the bullseye for at least a foot of snow, which would have shattered the all-time May snowfall record there, which stands at just 3 inches.… Read More

Image of the Day: The Wildfires that Continue to Burn

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

Image of the Day: Fewer Fireworks for Fourth in Colorado

Image of the Day: Fewer Fireworks for Fourth in Colorado

here are enough fireworks in Colorado. At least that’s what John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, thinks. On June 14, he banned private operation of fireworks in all of Colorado to limit the risk of stray sparks that could add to the wildfires currently devastating the state, says Discovery News. Under the ban, the Huffington Post reports … Read More

Watching from Afar as Fiery Turn Burns Our Beloved City

Watching from Afar as Fiery Turn Burns Our Beloved City

As I follow the news from Princeton, N.J., mostly via terrifying photos and video and stories that are never updated quickly enough to follow the blaze, the wildfire threatening to engulf Colorado Springs feels very personal.… Read More

Colorado Wildfires Explained in One Chart

Colorado Wildfires Explained in One Chart

This one chart, more than any other graphic that I've yet come across, explains one of the main reasons why Colorado is so combustible right now. It shows snowpack data from a network of monitoring sites called SNOTEL, as measured in snow water equivalent.… Read More

The Best & Latest Info to Track the Wildfires in Colorado

The Best & Latest Info to Track the Wildfires in Colorado

In Boulder, the Flagstaff Fire is the top concern, which grew rapidly after being started by a lightning strike on Tuesday. More thunderstorms, dropping little rain but producing lightning, are in the area again today.… Read More

Heat Wave Bakes the West and High Plains, Moves East

Heat Wave Bakes the West and High Plains, Moves East

During the June 18 to 24 period, 731 daily high temperature records and 798 daily warm low temperature records were set or tied in the U.S., compared to 154 record cold daily high temperatures and 131 record cold daily low temperature records, according to the National Climatic Data Center.… Read More

‘Chasing Ice’ Catches Up to Earth’s Changing Climate

‘Chasing Ice’ Catches Up to Earth’s Changing Climate

It’s probably hard to imagine all of Manhattan tumbling into the Hudson River and washing away in less than five minutes, but that’s the equivalent of what you’ll see in the film “Chasing Ice, as a city’s worth of towering icebergs collapse violently into the ocean… Read More