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Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Learn about NOAA's newly released reports, NYC's resiliency plan, and how to easily track the fires blazing out West.… Read More

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

A western heat wave allowed drought to intensify and expand in Idaho, Oregon and Montana last week. 72.25 percent of the land area in the ten western states is now under drought conditions, according to the latest update to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst impacts of the drought are concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Texas, Southern… Read More

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has totaled the losses caused by the 11 most expensive extreme weather and climate disasters in 2012, each of which cost upwards of $1 billion. According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., these billion-dollar events cost the U.S. a total of $110 billion, which … Read More

Spring in U.S. Was Cooler and More Extreme Than Average

Spring in U.S. Was Cooler and More Extreme Than Average

The season was especially notable for its exceptionally cold and wet start in the central part of the country, with many cities, from Bismark, N.D., to St. Louis and even Richmond, Va., receiving more snow during the meteorological spring months than they did during winter. Fourteen states, from Minnesota to Georgia had a spring that ranked among t… Read More

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

It is extreme weather to the max in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S.

Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S.

On a weather map, Oklahoma appears to be divided into two states. Following multiple rounds of heavy rains and severe thunderstorms, central and eastern Oklahoma have erased the drought conditions that had parched the landscape since 2010. Yet extreme drought conditions continue to plague the more sparsely populated Oklahoma Panhandle.… Read More

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

America has some of the wildest weather on the planet, and it turns out those extremes – which run from heat waves and tornadoes to floods, hurricanes and droughts – carry a heavy price tag. Climate studies have associated more frequent and intense weather events – such as heavy storms and heat waves – with climate change. The wild swings in weath… Read More

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Climate Central Chief Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, May 26, to discuss the scientific evidence linking some recent extreme weather events to manmade global warming. She was part of a panel that also featured Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society; Jeffrey Kluger, science … Read More