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Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Climate scientists think they may have found at least part of the answer to a conundrum which has been puzzling them recently — why the atmosphere has not warmed as much as expected over the last decade or so. A team led by the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) thinks the reason may be emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), a known … Read More

Warming Means Wetter Weather – and Drier Weather

Warming Means Wetter Weather – and Drier Weather

Welcome to the see-saw world of climate change. Rainy seasons will get rainier. Dry seasons will tend to become more parched. Even if the total annual rainfall does not change very much, the seasonal cycles will – with obvious consequences. Floods and droughts will become more frequent, according to Chia Chou of the University of Taipei, and collea… Read More

Ocean Heat Can Predict Malaria Outbreaks in India

Ocean Heat Can Predict Malaria Outbreaks in India

Health officials may have a new way to anticipate malaria epidemics in north-west India. All they have to do is check the sea surface temperatures in the tropical south Atlantic, off the coast of western Africa. If the water is colder than normal in July, then prepare for an epidemic of the Anopheles mosquito and its little Plasmodium parasite fou… Read More

Study: Wind Power ‘May be Less Than Thought’

Study: Wind Power ‘May be Less Than Thought’

Wind power may in some conditions manage to produce less energy than its supporters believe it can, two U.S. researchers suggest. In the latest contribution to the debate over wind’s potential, they say they have found evidence that some of the largest wind farms may cause effects which substantially reduce their generating capacity. The research,… Read More

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

As expected, the Friday morning high tide brought major coastal flooding to the Massachusetts shoreline, from Cape Ann to Nantucket, as high seas driven by four straight days of gale force winds eroded beaches and damaged homes. More coastal flooding is anticipated during Friday evening's high tide, but it may be less severe than what has occurred … Read More

U.S. Drought Intensifies in Texas and Florida

U.S. Drought Intensifies in Texas and Florida

While much of the East Coast has seen heavy precipitation over the past two weeks, very little of that has extended into the Florida peninsula. According to the Drought Monitor, “abnormal dryness” pushed into all of southern Florida, while conditions of “severe drought” expanded in the eastern and central parts of the state. Meanwhile, relatively w… Read More

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

The storm known to many as “Snowquester” appeared for a time like it would be one of modern meteorology’s shining moments, in which early warnings saved the government and millions of people time, money, and exposure to dangerous weather conditions. Instead, it turned into every weather forecaster’s worst nightmare — a bust of a forecast for a heav… Read More

Climate to Warm Beyond Levels Seen for 11,300 Years

Climate to Warm Beyond Levels Seen for 11,300 Years

A new reconstruction of the Earth's climate history all the way back to 11,300 years ago found that the planet has never been warmer than it is today, and that temperatures are likely to climb into unprecedented territory by 2100, due to increasing amounts of planet warming greenhouse gases in the air. The study, published Thursday in the journal … Read More