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Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Windstorm Xaver brought powerful winds and an intense storm surge from Scotland to Denmark, but it appears storm barriers and preparedness helped most locations weather the brunt of the storm. Some of the first impacts of Xaver were fierce winds that raked across the Scottish highlands. There, wind gusts were recorded up to 142 mph according to da… Read More

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

The storm, which has been named Windstorm Xaver, has already brought a storm surge of at least 9 feet to locations along the eastern shore of Great Britain. In response, the government has issued nearly 30 “severe flood warnings” — the highest alert category — along with hundreds of other flood advisories, and has t… Read More

Arctic Blast Has Half the Lower 48 States In Its Icy Grip

Arctic Blast Has Half the Lower 48 States In Its Icy Grip

The weather pattern producing the cold air outbreak features a contorted jet stream that resembles a giant snake on a weather map, with a huge ridge of high pressure shunting the jet stream to the north of Alaska (bringing milder-than-average conditions there), only to come surging southward above the West, and carving out a deep trough across the … Read More

Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. … Read More

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Abrupt shifts in the climate have already begun, with more possible by the end of this century according to a report released Tuesday by the National Research Council. At the same time, even gradual changes to the climate could reach tipping points, leading to more unforeseen impacts. The report recommends creating an early warning system, instead … Read More

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

That means that December will be a crucial month for determining the winner for 2013. The last time daily record lows outnumbered daily record highs in the U.S. was in 1992. The Arctic air mass moving south from Canada, which is set to send temperatures plunging from Seattle to Texas by the end of this week, tilts the odds in favor of cold temperat… Read More

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

the present lukewarm plans to limit climate change may involve too little action, applied too late. Thomas Frölicher of ETH-Zurich and colleagues from Princeton report in Nature Climate Change that they tried to model the long-term planetary adjustment after carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning stopped altogether. They simulated a pl… Read More

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Far below the surface, the waters of south-east Asia are heating up. A region of the Pacific is now warming at least 15 times faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years. If this finding – so far limited to the depths where the Pacific and Indian Oceans wash into each other – is true for the blue planet as a whole, then the questions of climat… Read More