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After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

Two steps forward, one-and-a-half steps back: That’s been the story of the tenacious California drought lately. After a torrent of rains in December made a small dent in the deep, statewide drought, the faucet has turned off, and some areas have relapsed back into ‘exceptional’ drought, the worst drought category recognized by the U.S Drought … Read More

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Pinecone-littered forests draped over tens of millions of acres of mountaintops through the American Southwest are in danger of being scorched out of existence by global warming. It’s not just rising heat that threatens to put a meteorological flamethrower to lush montane swaths of a region better known for its low-altitude cacti and desert plains… Read More

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

In a year bookended by bitter cold snaps east of the Mississippi, it might come as a surprise to some that 2014 was actually quite a bit warmer than average in the U.S., making it the 18th year in a row with above-normal temperatures. Less of a surprise was the economic impact of the drought in the West, now on the brink of its fourth year. The dro… Read More

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Everyone everywhere everyday experiences weather. Most of the time it serves as the backdrop to our daily routines or fodder for idle chitchat. But on rare days, it can change lives. Heat waves and cold snaps, hurricanes and tornadoes, downpours and blizzards — they form the extreme ends of the weather spectrum, affecting our health… Read More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

California gets some drought relief, Europe sets records, the Arctic gets warmer and more in the week’s top climate stories. … Read More

Rain a ‘Start’ for Calif., But Drought Entrenched

Rain a ‘Start’ for Calif., But Drought Entrenched

The good news is that recent rain has finally started to chip away at the severe precipitation deficits the state is facing. The bad news is that most of California is still in a deep drought and it’s going to take a long time to fully recover. Or, to quote the summary from Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor update: “Cautious optimism, but still a… Read More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

Updates from Lima, news on drought, new research on sea level and more. … Read More

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

California began its fourth year of drought in October because of several winter wet seasons that turned out to be painstakingly dry, so clearly it needs all the rain it can get. But the situation is more complicated than that: So much rain at once can cause dangerous flooding (already being documented on social media) and landslides, meaning a lot… Read More