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Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Australia must drastically increase its emissions reduction target to 40 percent by 2020 to avoid “almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences” from climate change, a new book penned by leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, has warned. The book, “Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World,” se… Read More

Critical Weather Forecasting Bill Moves One Step Closer

Critical Weather Forecasting Bill Moves One Step Closer

The bill would establish a research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to extend the lead time for tornado warnings beyond 1 hour, and contains provisions aimed at closing the performance gaps between the agency’s weather forecasting computer models and those of other nations.… Read More

Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Windstorm Xaver brought powerful winds and an intense storm surge from Scotland to Denmark, but it appears storm barriers and preparedness helped most locations weather the brunt of the storm. Some of the first impacts of Xaver were fierce winds that raked across the Scottish highlands. There, wind gusts were recorded up to 142 mph according to da… Read More

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

The storm, which has been named Windstorm Xaver, has already brought a storm surge of at least 9 feet to locations along the eastern shore of Great Britain. In response, the government has issued nearly 30 “severe flood warnings” — the highest alert category — along with hundreds of other flood advisories, and has t… Read More

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