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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

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

The new sensor transmits data in near real-time to crews on the ground to analyze and use for decision-making purposes. The new instrument operates like a spinning mirror, and it paints a stripe on the ground perpendicular to the motion of flight, scanning that land for signs of heat and other characteristics that mark wildfire activity, Hinkley sa… Read More

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has just released a new report that provides a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environ… Read More

How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

What will be the effect of global warming on the Amazon rainforest? Over the last 30 years, forest fires, most of them deliberately started to clear land by cattle ranchers and soy farmers, have destroyed thousands of square miles of forest. This has increased carbon emissions, reduced rainfall and made the forest more vulnerable to drought. In 20… Read More

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

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

Crazy, unseasonable weather, air travel, and Obama's budget request all in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

While the drought is far from over in the Great Plains, the precipitation that fell this week was welcome news for a region that has needed it the most. For example, in parts of South Dakota, about 30 inches of snow fell through Wednesday, carrying more than an inch of liquid water equivalent that will help increase soil moisture.… Read More

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

2012 Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl Era & Unpredictable

The report may leave more open questions than answers, given that it found that no known source of natural climate variability can shoulder most of the blame for the drought, nor can man-made global warming, which over the long run is projected to make droughts more likely in some parts of the U.S., particularly the Southwest.… Read More

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

This storm will be notable for its broad geographic reach and multiple hazards, ranging from blizzard conditions with heavy snow and powerful winds, to severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and potentially tornadoes. … Read More