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Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

First and foremost, Sandy drove home the need to rethink coastal development practices that encourage growth in vulnerable areas. Second, the storm, which was forecasted well in advance, proved the value of a robust weather and climate forecasting infrastructure at a time of budget austerity.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm to hit the northeast U.S. in recorded history, killing 159, knocking out power to millions, and causing $70 billion in damage in eight states. Sandy also put the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in stark relief by paralyzing subways, trains, road and air traffic, flooding hospitals, crippling electrical… Read More

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

As global temperatures rise, climate zones will shift at greater speed, according to new research in Nature Climate Change. If greenhouse gas emissions carry on increasing, then about 20 percent of the land area of the planet will undergo change – and the creatures that have made their homes in what were once stable ecosystems will have to adapt s… Read More

Boost to Colorado Snowpack May Lessen Wildfire Risk

Boost to Colorado Snowpack May Lessen Wildfire Risk

As recently as late March it appeared that most of the West, including Colorado, was headed for a long, and tinderbox-dry spring and summer, with the effects of a long-running drought becoming ever more apparent in the form of dwindling water supplies and destructive wildfires. Many officials feared a repeat of last year’s disastrous wildfire seaso… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

We have more tools to help prepare for disasters and we'll need them with all the wild weather swings. … Read More

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

The bottom line is that the wild swings in weather that have been seen across the Midwest and South Central states during the past few years, from record flood to record drought and back to record flood, may be an example of what’s in store as global warming continues to alter the atmosphere.… Read More

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

The radars have already proved their value to NWS forecasters. On Feb. 10, 2012, an EF-4 tornado struck Hattiesburg, Miss. Dual-pol radar products allowed local NWS forecasters to spot the tornado on their radar screens and determine that it was likely a very large and powerful twister.… Read More

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

“Improbably, flooding has now replaced drought as the Midwest’s greatest imminent concern,” said Brad Rippey, U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist, in a press release. “In fact, from April 20 to 23, the Mississippi River rose to one of its five highest levels on record from just south of Moline, Illinois, to just north of St. Louis.… Read More