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Arctic Blast Has Half the Lower 48 States In Its Icy Grip

Arctic Blast Has Half the Lower 48 States In Its Icy Grip

The weather pattern producing the cold air outbreak features a contorted jet stream that resembles a giant snake on a weather map, with a huge ridge of high pressure shunting the jet stream to the north of Alaska (bringing milder-than-average conditions there), only to come surging southward above the West, and carving out a deep trough across the … Read More

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

That means that December will be a crucial month for determining the winner for 2013. The last time daily record lows outnumbered daily record highs in the U.S. was in 1992. The Arctic air mass moving south from Canada, which is set to send temperatures plunging from Seattle to Texas by the end of this week, tilts the odds in favor of cold temperat… Read More

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

Scientists Warn That Warming ‘Will be Hard to Reverse’

the present lukewarm plans to limit climate change may involve too little action, applied too late. Thomas Frölicher of ETH-Zurich and colleagues from Princeton report in Nature Climate Change that they tried to model the long-term planetary adjustment after carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning stopped altogether. They simulated a pl… Read More

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Far below the surface, the waters of south-east Asia are heating up. A region of the Pacific is now warming at least 15 times faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years. If this finding – so far limited to the depths where the Pacific and Indian Oceans wash into each other – is true for the blue planet as a whole, then the questions of climat… Read More

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer

Federal and state disaster relief payouts last year alone are estimated to have cost every person in the U.S. more than $300. Yet according to a new report by Ceres, Inaction on climate change: the cost to taxpayers, the U.S. administration, its agencies and state bodies are still not facing up to the grave financial implications of a warming world… Read More

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

As a Thanksgiving-eve storm, which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday, comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. This snow cover is likely to play a big role in helping to usher in a wave of potentially historically cold air during the week after… Read More

Least Active Atlantic Hurricane Season In 30 Years

Least Active Atlantic Hurricane Season In 30 Years

A total of 13 named storms formed in the Atlantic Basin this year, two of which — Ingrid and Humberto — became hurricanes. None of these storms ever made it to major hurricane status. The total number of storms this year was above the long-term average (1981-2010) of 12, but the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes were below their long-term a… Read More

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

This week's six top stories cover a warming trend, sea level rise, coal power, fracking and more. … Read More