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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

Climate Change Could Lead to More Turbulent Flights

Climate Change Could Lead to More Turbulent Flights

The study addresses clear air turbulence, a sharp upward or downward movement of air that can come literally out of the blue, often as the result of wind shear, with no storms or clouds in view. “It’s not just about knocking your drink over,” said lead author Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading, in England, in an in… Read More

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case study in potential geo-engineering disaster. Jim Haywood from the Met Office Hadley Centre and colleagues report in Nature Climate Change that fine particles concentrated in the … Read More

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

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

Toxic algae blooms, binding emissions cuts, policy changes and more in in a slideshow of the week's top climate news … Read More

Heavy, Dam-Busting Rainstorms To Increase, Study Finds

Heavy, Dam-Busting Rainstorms To Increase, Study Finds

Boosted by the added moisture from warming air and ocean temperatures, the heaviest precipitation events, of the sort that can cause dams to fail, rivers to spill over their banks, and cities to flood, are likely to become significantly heavier by the end of this century, according to a new study.… Read More

In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

Ahead of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service announced today that it is changing its policy on the issuance of tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. Beginning on June 1, the agency will be permitted to leave these watches and warnings in effect even if a hurricane transiti… Read More

U.S. Dominated Global Disaster Losses in 2012: Swiss Re

U.S. Dominated Global Disaster Losses in 2012: Swiss Re

The insurance industry had its third-most expensive year on record in 2012, with global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters totaling $186 billion, according to a report released March 27 by the reinsurance giant Swiss Re. The total insured losses for the year was $77 billion, which was well below the losses seen in 2011… Read More