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Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Australian researchers have developed the “first rigorous framework” on how to relocate animals displaced due to climate change. The study, conducted by academics from four Australian universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), devised a formula on how to decide whether to relocate a species, which spe… Read More

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Hot, dry, and windy weather whipped up wildfires across the Australian state of new South Wales on Thursday. That caused a deep haze to descend over Sydney and spurred the deployment of hundreds of firefighters across the region. Smoke from the fires blanketed Sydney on Thursday. Surreal images from Quartz show eerie orange skies framing the downt… Read More

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Forecasters say that three main features loom large for the inactivity: large areas of sinking air, frequent plumes of dry, dusty air coming off the Sahara Desert, and above-average wind shear. None of those features were part of their calculations in making seasonal predictions.… Read More

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, about 20 miles east of Tokyo late Tuesday or Wednesday, while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a strengthening hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Satellite analysis from the U.S. Navy's Joint Ty… Read More

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha, which is currently a 110 mph storm located several hundred miles south of Kyoto, Japan, appears poised to sideswipe, or possibly even make a direct hit on, Japan in the coming days. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and high waves to the Japanese coast from Tokyo northward, including the ailing Fukushima Daiich… Read More

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Marine scientists say the state of the world’s oceans is deteriorating more rapidly than anyone had realized, and is worse than that described in last month’s UN climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say the rate, speed and impacts of ocean change are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought – and… Read More

NWS Staff Walks to Work in Blizzard Despite Shutdown

NWS Staff Walks to Work in Blizzard Despite Shutdown

When a record-breaking early season blizzard struck the northern Rockies to the Northern High Plains on October 4-5, dumping as much as four feet of snow and piling the snow into drifts up to 10 feet high in places, NWS staff faced challenges that would be tough to meet under any circumstances, least of all during a government shutdown, when office… Read More