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U.S. Sees Record-Low Tornadoes and Tornado Deaths

U.S. Sees Record-Low Tornadoes and Tornado Deaths

Tornado researcher Harold Brooks wrote on NSSL’s blog that the death toll from tornadoes during the past 12 months was also flirting with a record low, with just 7 tornado fatalities during the period. This is the lowest 12-month tornado death toll on record dating back to 1950, but research has shown that the 12-month period starting in September … Read More

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Fire season may come early this year in the West, as it has more frequently in recent years, thanks to ongoing drought conditions and increasing temperatures. According to a new outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, major wildfires in California could begin as early as this month, nearly a month ahead of… Read More

Boost to Colorado Snowpack May Lessen Wildfire Risk

Boost to Colorado Snowpack May Lessen Wildfire Risk

As recently as late March it appeared that most of the West, including Colorado, was headed for a long, and tinderbox-dry spring and summer, with the effects of a long-running drought becoming ever more apparent in the form of dwindling water supplies and destructive wildfires. Many officials feared a repeat of last year’s disastrous wildfire seaso… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

We have more tools to help prepare for disasters and we'll need them with all the wild weather swings. … Read More

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

The bottom line is that the wild swings in weather that have been seen across the Midwest and South Central states during the past few years, from record flood to record drought and back to record flood, may be an example of what’s in store as global warming continues to alter the atmosphere.… Read More

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

“Improbably, flooding has now replaced drought as the Midwest’s greatest imminent concern,” said Brad Rippey, U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist, in a press release. “In fact, from April 20 to 23, the Mississippi River rose to one of its five highest levels on record from just south of Moline, Illinois, to just north of St. Louis.… Read More

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has just released a new report that provides a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environ… Read More

How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

What will be the effect of global warming on the Amazon rainforest? Over the last 30 years, forest fires, most of them deliberately started to clear land by cattle ranchers and soy farmers, have destroyed thousands of square miles of forest. This has increased carbon emissions, reduced rainfall and made the forest more vulnerable to drought. In 20… Read More