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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

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Summer visitors to Ireland used to coping with frequent outpourings from the heavens might be in for a bit of a shock in future if the latest projections on the country’s climate by Met Ėireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, prove correct. In a just-released report, Ireland’s climate: the road ahead, Met Ėireann says that as a result of climat… Read More

Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

Government Shutdown Impacts Obama’s Climate Agenda

About 94 percent of the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been sent on leave of absence as part of the U.S. government shutdown. Nearly all of the agency's 16,205 employees across the country, with oversight of air quality, industrial waste, water and sewage treatment plants, have powered down their computers, updated thei… Read More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The ripples of the government shutdown are felt, while new visuals of Sandy amaze and hot and rainy weather abound.… Read More