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Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for parts of the West, as another “stuck” weather pattern once again establishes itself across the U.S. and Canada. By early next week, the jet stream — a fast-moving river of air at airliner altitudes that is responsible for steering weather systems — will form the shape of a massive, slither… Read More

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

In states like Missouri, last summer’s drought was downright scary. Farmers saw their corn shrivel in the fields, ranchers ran out of feed for their cattle, and commerce on the Mississippi River slowed to a crawl, as barges struggled to avoid newly exposed rocks on the low-flowing river. But this spring brought relief. And now, after one of the… Read More

Campaign for Climate Resilience Spreads Across U.S.

Campaign for Climate Resilience Spreads Across U.S.

On Tuesday, 45 local elected officials, including the mayors of Denver, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Mo., and San Diego, signed on to a new campaign to share information and take actions that would bolster their communities against the multifaceted challenges posed by global climate change, including more frequent and severe extreme weather event… Read More

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