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Epic Flooding Deals Colorado Drought Crippling Blow

Epic Flooding Deals Colorado Drought Crippling Blow

All it took was a 1,000-year flood to knock out — or at least significantly dampen — the drought that has been ravaging much of Colorado for at least a year and half. The Sept. 17 U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, shows that nearly all of north-central Colorado is drought free, and the drought is greatly reduced in much of the rest of the … Read More

Warm and Wet Are the Buzzwords for the Summer of 2013

Warm and Wet Are the Buzzwords for the Summer of 2013

After the scorching summers of 2011 and 2012, this year might have felt cool and even downright chilly for some parts of the U.S. But in terms of the record books, this summer’s temperatures still came in above average for the country according to a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rainy weather in the … Read More

Flood-Ravaged Boulder, Colo., Sets Annual Rainfall Record

Flood-Ravaged Boulder, Colo., Sets Annual Rainfall Record

With 30.12 inches of rain and counting, more than half of which fell since Sept. 9, the city has already eclipsed its previous annual record of 29.93 inches, which was set in 1995. The average yearly precipitation (rain and melted frozen precipitation) in Boulder is 20.68 inches. The annual precipitation record is especially noteworthy since befor… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

The study, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and with contributions from scientists in countries across the southern Africa region, uses available data and a variety of models to examine likely agricultural developments, particularly related to crops, in the period to 2050. Agriculture is the primary source of … Read More

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of climate change in Brazil if the projections of 345 scientists who make up the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC) prove true. They predict that if present trends in greenhouse gas emissions contin… Read More

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Climate scientists examining a dozen extreme weather events from 2012 found that manmade global warming likely contributed to at least half of them, including a record-breaking deadly heat wave in the U.S. The international report released on Thursday offers a demonstration of the new capabilities that scientists are developing in an emerging, comp… Read More

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow, now ranking as the 14th largest wildfire in California’s history, having already charred nearly 150,000 acres. Officials said the fire is 15 percent contained, and nearly 3,700 personnel are attacking the blaze from the ground and the air, trying to stop it from growi… Read More