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Hints of Climate Change in California’s Drought

Hints of Climate Change in California’s Drought

The pressure that’s on drought-hit Californians to conserve dwindling water supplies is largely the result of a stubborn ridge of high pressure that has been parking itself off their coastline. That ridge has blocked water-laden winter storms, sending them spiraling northward instead of into the Golden State, reducing snowpacks that Californians us… Read More

A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

On Monday, the Bulletin of the American Meteolorogical Society released its annual look at extreme weather events and the role of climate change in causing them. More than 90 scientists from 14 countries compiled the report, which examined 16 separate events ranging from scorching heat to heavy rains to searing drought that occurred in 2013. Check … Read More

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Heat waves can clearly be linked to climate change, a new report finds, while rain events are murkier.… Read More

Science Shows How Climate Change is Baking Australia

Science Shows How Climate Change is Baking Australia

As smoke billows from unnervingly early-season wildfires charring the Australian state of Tasmania, yet more dust is settling on the scientific discussion over how climate change contributed to last year’s deadly Australian heat. Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. And each of a set of five research papers published Monday in a special ed… Read More

Drought Takes Hold as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

Drought Takes Hold as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers” − the vapor clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the center and south of Brazil. Some Brazilian scientists say the absence of rain that has dried up rivers and reservoirs in central and so… Read More

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

Climate Impact of Soot Is Exaggerated, Study Says

The global warming effect of ‘black carbon,’ or soot, has been greatly exaggerated due to mistaken assumptions about the atmospheric altitude at which its particles are concentrated, according to a new study. Soot plumes belch from chimneys, stoves and forest fires, causing numerous health ailments and, it was thought, a contribution to climate cha… Read More

Picture This: Fogbows and Fall Begins

Picture This: Fogbows and Fall Begins

This week, the sun set on summer and rose on the vivid colors of fall, slowly spreading across the northern parts of the country. Pictures of the scarlet and amber leaves at national parks and wildlife areas were among the stunning shots from the past week. A sunrise seen from a perch in space and a strange-looking phenomenon called a fogbow also… Read More

Peak of Tornado Season Shifting Earlier in Tornado Alley

Peak of Tornado Season Shifting Earlier in Tornado Alley

Living in Missouri as a kid, John Long grew up with tornadoes. He went through the same tornado drills that all school children from tornado-prone parts of the country know well: Filing into school hallways and crouching against walls with a textbook or hands covering the head. Tornadoes were a part of life. But growing up, Long said, he and… Read More