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Alaska Roasts During October, Reigniting Wildfire

Alaska Roasts During October, Reigniting Wildfire

The warm weather led to an even more unusual sight for the fall: smoke from an active wildfire. The Mississippi wildfire, which started in May about 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks, flared up again on Oct. 28, when strong winds were blowing and there were record warm temperatures in the lower 60s.… Read More

Last Time Arctic Was This Warm Was 120,000 Years Ago

Last Time Arctic Was This Warm Was 120,000 Years Ago

The new research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to present physical evidence that indicates the warming in the Eastern Canadian Arctic exceeds the peak warmth during the Holocene epoch, which began after the last ice age ended about 11,700 years ago. This is significant because it means that manmade emissions … Read More

Some Voters Taking on Fracking Nov. 5, But Is it a Trend?

Some Voters Taking on Fracking Nov. 5, But Is it a Trend?

Placing restrictions on fracking may be an emerging trend across the country as domestic shale oil and natural gas development booms in the United States, raising concerns about its impacts on climate, public health and groundwater quality. … Read More

The Myriad Impacts of Sandy Along the East Coast

The Myriad Impacts of Sandy Along the East Coast

Sandy hit the Northeast the hardest, but the storm's impacts stretched from North Carolina to the Great Lakes. Roll over the markers above to see the diverse weather the storm brought to the region.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy Hasn’t Shifted Climate Narrative

Hurricane Sandy Hasn’t Shifted Climate Narrative

In the year since Sandy, news articles have widely declared that the storm has “changed the public’s view of weather threats” and that “resilience” would be the environmental buzzword of 2013. That sounds all well and good, but are headlines enough to move public opinion and spark new discussions? Signs seem to point to “no.” Policy has moved for … Read More

One Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

One Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy — part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter — battered the Eastern U.S. in October 2012. The storm brought a record storm surge to New York City and the New Jersey Shore, killing 159 and causing an estimated $65 billion in damage. The megastorm drove home the vulnerability of coastal cities like New York to sea level rise and storm … Read More

Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Yet Sandy also demonstrated the frustrating limitations of an accurate forecast. Despite the advanced notice and the huge threat it posed everywhere from Massachusetts to Maryland, the storm still killed 159 people, including 44 within New York City alone. Most of the New York victims drowned from coastal flooding.… Read More

New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday, shows that long-lasting, intense heat waves in the U.S. - which are becoming more common and severe due to manmade global warming - tend to be preceded by a particular jet stream configuration. By looking for these patterns, weather forecasters could improve their chances of accuratel… Read More