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Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

The record exemplifies a temperature pattern that has held across the country for much of the year, with above-average temperatures in the West and below average in the East. The pattern has kept monthly average temperatures for the entire U.S. -- as well as the average temperature for the year-to-date -- in the middle of the pack record-wise, but … Read More

Polar Vortex or Not, Cooler Temps Invade Eastern U.S.

Polar Vortex or Not, Cooler Temps Invade Eastern U.S.

Mid-July is typically when places from Colorado to Minnesota to New Jersey see their warmest temperatures of the year, but thanks to an incursion of cold polar air, parts of the eastern U.S. will see the mercury dip 5 to 25°F below normal this week. But as far as the National Weather Service is concerned, don’t call it a Polar Vortex. The event… Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

Another Quiet Season As Tornado Peak Passes

Another Quiet Season As Tornado Peak Passes

June is likely to go into the books as the busiest month for tornadoes in what has been an overall quiet year. Tornado activity, which was initially on a record-low pace through late April, picked up most significantly last month, and now the odds of a tornado happening anywhere in the U.S. on a given day are on the decline. “We’ve just passed the… Read More

Long Wait Continues as El Niño Lagging

Long Wait Continues as El Niño Lagging

The months-long wait for El Niño continues: The latest update from the Climate Prediction Center, issued Thursday, finds that conditions still aren’t quite in place to declare a full-blown El Niño, though forecasters still expect one to emerge by the fall. If and when it does, it is expected to impact weather and climate across the world and could… Read More

6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

Summers get hotter, tornado season fizzles, cow manure worsens methane and more. … Read More

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Biologists in the U.S. have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, … Read More

Picture This: Gnarly Neoguri, Double Rainbows, No LeBron

Picture This: Gnarly Neoguri, Double Rainbows, No LeBron

From Japan to Brazil to a place truly out of this world, stormy weather grabbed the headlines this week — and made for some stunning photos. Scroll down for our choices for some of the most amazing weather shots from the week, including grandeur of Typhoon Neoguri, the beautiful calm after the storm in the U.S. capital, and a storm with a really… Read More