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A Forecast for the American West: Hot and Hotter

A Forecast for the American West: Hot and Hotter

Over the summer and on into the fall, images of flames, smoke plumes, firefighting teams and ruined homes have been on replay, and with good reason: As of Aug. 31, this year tied the record for total acreage burned by wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 8.4 million acres have burned to date — an area larger than … 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: Drought Forces Cows to Moo-ve East

Image of the Day: Drought Forces Cows to Moo-ve East

Ranchers out West are being forced to move their cattle eastward in order to escape extreme drought conditions. Add to that, many ranchers are also dealing with wildfires making the urgency even greater to save their cattle. One Wyoming rancher moved his herd 330 miles east, a seven hour trip with 120 head of cattle to graze on a friend’s prairie … Read More

Image of the Day: Avalanche Lilies on Mount Rainier

Image of the Day: Avalanche Lilies on Mount Rainier

Avalanche liliies on Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington state. Elinore Theobald is a researcher at the University of Washington and, as reported in the Seatle Times, is studying these lilies and how biological interactions between them and other species respond to a changing climate. Her research takes place on the mountain where she… Read More

Image of the Day: Most Bizarre Fish You’ve Ever Seen?

Image of the Day: Most Bizarre Fish You’ve Ever Seen?

A diver swims with a huge ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, off the coast of San Diego, CA. They are the largest of the bony fish and often get mistaken for sharks due to their dorsal fins. They feed on jellyfish and plankton and are curious of humans, as seen in the photo. One threat to molas is drift nets, which they often get caught in, and garbage s… Read More

Image of the Day: A Fountain of Color in Yosemite Valley

Image of the Day: A Fountain of Color in Yosemite Valley

The seasoned visitors to Yosemite National Park in California know that if you want to see Yosemite Falls in all of its majesty, you’d better go before late summer. In the spring and for most of the summer, snowmelt from the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains plunges nearly half a mile from the cliffs above to the Yosemite Valley below. By … 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

Time-Lapse Video of Boulder’s Flagstaff Fire

Time-Lapse Video of Boulder’s Flagstaff Fire

This extraordinary time-lapse video shows smoke (and at night, flames) from the Flagstaff fire burning in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, from shortly after the lightning-triggered blaze began last Tuesday until Thursday morning. By Thursday night, officials declared the blaze 40% contained, with a good chance it would be fully contained … Read More