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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

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

You Asked, We Answered: Response to 2013 Cars Report

In the month since we released our report, A Roadmap to Climate Friendly Cars: 2013 we have received many good questions and insightful comments from readers. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to give us feedback on our report. We especially appreciate those who recognized the inherent challenges involved in carrying out and presenting l… Read More

All-Time Heat Records Broken in . . . Alaska?!

All-Time Heat Records Broken in . . . Alaska?!

For example, Talkeetna set an all-time high temperature record of 96°F on Monday, smashing their previous record of 91°F set a day earlier, and previously set in June of 1969. In fact, it was warmer in Talkeetna, which is about 110 miles north of Anchorage, than it was in Miami on Monday, based on data from the National Weather Service (NWS).… Read More

NASA’s Beautiful Animation of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds

NASA’s Beautiful Animation of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds

NASA never fails to capture dazzling images of our home planet, and on Thursday it released an animation of 2012's Hurricane Sandy that almost — almost — makes you forget how devastating that storm actually was. It's a stunningly beautiful 43-second video, replete with its own soundtrack, albeit a soundtrack that evokes Yanni on Xanax.… Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is likely to spread a plume of heavy rain from Florida to the Northeast during the next several days, potentially leading to flooding in some areas. Already, it is spreading heavy rain into water-logged Florida, where f… Read More

Killer El Reno Tornado Was Widest Ever Recorded: NWS

Killer El Reno Tornado Was Widest Ever Recorded: NWS

The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., on May 31, killing four storm chasers including pioneering tornado researcher Tim Samaras, was an EF-5 twister, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday. The tornado had a stunning width of 2.6 miles, which makes it the widest tornado on record.… Read More

Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

Severe thunderstorms struck from Oklahoma all the way to Minnesota as a strong cold front edged eastward, plowing into warm and humid air as it did so. Strong upper level winds provided support for supercell thunderstorms, which are thunderstorms that have persistent rotation associated with them, and can cause tornadoes and damaging large hail.… Read More

Deadly Texas Outbreak May Mark End of Tornado Drought

Deadly Texas Outbreak May Mark End of Tornado Drought

The hardest-hit community on Wednesday evening was Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds told the media that an entire neighborhood, consisting of 100-plus homes, was “heavily damaged to destroyed.”… Read More