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‘Drunken’ Weather Pattern Leads to Deadly Heat

‘Drunken’ Weather Pattern Leads to Deadly Heat

The heat wave that has built across the eastern U.S. — roasting cities from Memphis to Washington to Boston in a stifling blanket of heat and humidity — has had one strange characteristic that meteorologists cannot yet explain. Rather than moving west to east, as typical weather patterns do in the Northern Hemisphere, weather systems across the cou… Read More

Record Heat in June Extends Globe’s Streak to 340 Months

Record Heat in June Extends Globe’s Streak to 340 Months

June was one of the top five warmest such months on record globally, according to data from NOAA and NASA.… Read More

Ocean Microbes Feel a Warming Climate’s Effects

Ocean Microbes Feel a Warming Climate’s Effects

Climate change could be about to alter life in the sea, according to new research in Nature Geoscience. Researchers at the University of Southern California have been experimenting with common microbes, hoping to predict which will flourish in a warmer and more carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere. The microbes are two genera of cyanobacteria. These tin… Read More

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

As the world warms, we see more large wildfires, a likely rise in hurricane strength, frequency, and new ice islands.… Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

For a while, it appeared that climate scientists had reached a consensus view on this topic, despite lingering uncertainties, finding that in most ocean basins, tropical cyclones are likely to become less frequent as the world warms, but that the storms that do occur are likely to contain stronger winds and heavier rains. This view was expressed mo… Read More

Insurance Companies Given Severe Weather Warning

Insurance Companies Given Severe Weather Warning

The global insurance industry’s own analysts warn that it faces potentially serious financial losses unless it plays an active role in urging governments to address climate-change factors such as greenhouse gas emissions. The Geneva Association, a leading international insurance thinktank that examines trends in the global insurance industry, has … Read More

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

If you think the world is warming and the weather getting nastier, you’re right, according to the United Nations agency committed to understanding weather and climate. The World Meteorological Organization says the planet “experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” in the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, the warmest decade since the start … Read More