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Mississippi Faces Shipping Closure as Water Levels Drop

Mississippi Faces Shipping Closure as Water Levels Drop

The Mississippi as seen from Ed Drager's tug boat is a river in retreat: a giant beached barge is stranded where the water dropped, with sand bars springing into view. The floating barge office where the tug boat captain reports for duty is tilted like a funhouse. One side now rests on the exposed shore. "I've never seen the river this low," Drager… Read More

Warmer Winters Threaten Northeast’s Smaller Ski Areas

Warmer Winters Threaten Northeast’s Smaller Ski Areas

The scene is something no ski resort operator wants to see early in the season: Sunlight glaring off the sloppy snow pooling like dirty mashed potatoes at the base of the high-speed six-person chairlift. The thermometer at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in western Massachusetts reads 59 degrees Fahrenheit on this mid-November day, and Brian Fairbank,… Read More

China & U.S. Hold the Key to New Global Climate Deal

China & U.S. Hold the Key to New Global Climate Deal

China and the U.S. are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. The world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases hold the key to forging a new global agreement on climate change, that for the first time would bind both developed and d… Read More

Area Burned By U.S. Wildfires Expected to Double by 2050

Area Burned By U.S. Wildfires Expected to Double by 2050

Warmer and drier conditions in coming decades will likely cause the burned area from wildfires in the U.S. to double in size by 2050, according to new research based on satellite observations and computer modeling experiments. The research, which was first presented at the annual meeting of the whttp://www.agu.org in San Francisco on Dec. 4, provid… Read More

Resilient Drought Holds on Through Dry Autumn

Resilient Drought Holds on Through Dry Autumn

Another week of below-average precipitation across the lower 48 states has brought little relief to drought-stricken areas, making it increasingly unlikely that long-suffering areas will see the dry spell subside by the end of the year. As of December 11, 61.87 percent of the land area in the continental U.S. was still under some degree of drought… Read More

Book It: 2012, The Hottest U.S. Year on Record

Book It: 2012, The Hottest U.S. Year on Record

Global warming is directly linked to only a few weather events and climate trends. One of them, however, is warming itself, which could make 2012 a watershed climate change year in the U.S. More than superstorms, wildfires, and devastating drought, this year’s record-smashing spring and summer heat waves, with their melted airport runways and … Read More

Sans Polar Satellites, Sandy Forecasts Would’ve Suffered

Sans Polar Satellites, Sandy Forecasts Would’ve Suffered

In an analysis NOAA released on Tuesday, meteorologists at the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, England, re-ran their computer model after depriving it of the data that comes from the current fleet of polar-orbiting sat… Read More

Lubchenco, Head of NOAA, To Step Down in February

Lubchenco, Head of NOAA, To Step Down in February

Lubchenco’s retirement adds another top job to the list of key NOAA vacancies. That list includes the director of the National Weather Service (NWS). In May, NWS director Jack Hayes resigned suddenly after it was revealed that the agency had redirected millions of dollars in funds without congressional authorization.… Read More