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Study: Arctic Summers Warmest in 600 Years

Study: Arctic Summers Warmest in 600 Years

Scientists have already shown that a warming climate will automatically generate more high-temperature records than a stable one. That’s because individual temperature measurements in a given location form a bell curve, with the greatest number of readings falling into the “normal” range for that location.… Read More

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

While the drought is far from over in the Great Plains, the precipitation that fell this week was welcome news for a region that has needed it the most. For example, in parts of South Dakota, about 30 inches of snow fell through Wednesday, carrying more than an inch of liquid water equivalent that will help increase soil moisture.… Read More

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

The report may leave more open questions than answers, given that it found that no known source of natural climate variability can shoulder most of the blame for the drought, nor can man-made global warming, which over the long run is projected to make droughts more likely in some parts of the U.S., particularly the Southwest.… Read More

Obama Budget Boosts Weather, Climate Funding

Obama Budget Boosts Weather, Climate Funding

The budget request includes money to upgrade the NWS’ computer systems, for climate research, and for the addition of some high-tech research tools such as unmanned aerial vehicles, which NOAA is exploring for use in investigating hurricanes, and detecting and responding to oil spills.… Read More

Study: Climate Change Will Threaten Wine Production

Study: Climate Change Will Threaten Wine Production

Bid adieu to Bordeaux, but also, quite possibly, a hello to Chateau Yellowstone. Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world's premier wine regions because of climate change. The study forecasts sharp declines in wine production from Bordeaux and Rhone regions in France, Tuscany in Italy, and Napa Valley in California and … Read More

In Warming, Northern Hemisphere is Outpacing the South

In Warming, Northern Hemisphere is Outpacing the South

According to one of the studies, by a group of researchers based at U.C. Berkeley and the University of Washington, the Northern Hemisphere has long led the Southern Hemisphere in its rate of warming, largely because the Northern Hemisphere has more land and less ocean than the Southern Hemisphere… Read More

Charting the Arctic’s Future With Logbooks from the Past

Charting the Arctic’s Future With Logbooks from the Past

Figuring out the future of the rapidly warming Arctic is crucial for climate scientists, largely because changes in the region’s ice — both on land and at sea — can have major consequences for the rest of the planet. Sea ice declined to a record low in September 2012, and scientists have projected that the region will become seasonally ice-free by … Read More

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics who died Monday at the age of 87, is being lionized as the woman who tilted British domestic and economic policy to the right. Less noted is how seriously she viewed the threat of climate change and the robustness, more than 20 years ago, of climate science and United Nations body tasked with … Read More