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Working Wonders Without Water Out West

Working Wonders Without Water Out West

In the long rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, where dryland wheat farmers have eked out livings for more than a century, climate change is very much an issue of the present. The rain gauge is always in the back of the mind for Mike Nichols, a wheat farmer cultivating 20,0000 acres across two counties in south-central Washington state. It has to… Read More

Hurricane Season Ends; Sandy Will Long be Remembered

Hurricane Season Ends; Sandy Will Long be Remembered

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season officially came to a close on Friday, after four landfalling storms left coastal communities in tatters from Louisiana to New York. For the third straight season there were 19 named storms in the Atlantic, which is the third-highest level of storm activity observed since 1851.… Read More

Picturing the West Coast ‘Atmospheric River’ Event

Picturing the West Coast ‘Atmospheric River’ Event

Fortunately, the West has largely been dry -- too dry, in fact -- so the flooding danger is somewhat lower now than it might otherwise have been. Still, with 10-20 inches of rain possible through the weekend in northern and central California, as well as parts of Washington and Oregon, the National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warni… Read More

Study Gives New Benchmark for How Much Ice is Melting

Study Gives New Benchmark for How Much Ice is Melting

The vast ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctic have begun melting and sliding into the ocean as heat-trapping greenhouse gases continue to build in the atmosphere. How much and how fast the ice is disappearing, however, has been poorly understood, because the satellites that measure it haven’t always agreed. But a report published Thursday … Read More

Tenacious U.S. Drought Worsens, To Last Through Winter

Tenacious U.S. Drought Worsens, To Last Through Winter

The Northern Plains continue to be the hardest hit states, where Wyoming and Nebraska recorded their driest January to October period on record. Four other states ranked among their top ten driest January to October periods on record as well. Some locations in these states may set all-time records for dryness during November, as well, with some pla… Read More

‘Atmospheric River’ Aims At West Coast; Warmup in Plains

‘Atmospheric River’ Aims At West Coast; Warmup in Plains

The Pacific storms will play a major part in shifting the jet stream across the U.S., and setting up what is likely to be a remarkably warm start to December, particularly for the Plains and Midwest. Computer model projections show that these areas may see temperatures climb to as high as 20°F above average between Nov. 28 and Dec. 3.… Read More

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

How the Obama administration handles these issues, and more, will help determine how resilient the U.S. will become in the face of weather and climate extremes, two of which – the summer-long drought, and Hurricane Sandy – were center stage in 2012. Some of these kinds of events are already becoming more frequent and severe due in part to global wa… Read More

Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster than Initial Projections

Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster than Initial Projections

It’s no news that sea level is rising as the planet warms up, but how much it will rise, and how fast is still something climate scientists are working out. And according to study released late Tuesday in Environmental Research Letters the ocean is already rising faster than the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Read More