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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

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

High tides have surged over sea walls defending the capital of the Marshall Islands, adding to the crisis situation in this tiny Pacific nation, where a state of emergency was declared only last month because of a devastating drought in the scattered northern atolls. In the last week, what the islanders call “king tides” have repeatedly flooded … Read More

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

As one of 85 specially-trained incident meteorologists, or IMETs, within the National Weather Service, Wallman has knowledge of “microscale” weather forecasting, including anticipating the highly localized and chaotic winds in the vicinity of individual thunderstorms. Importantly, like other IMETs at the agency, Wallman also has expertise in fi… Read More

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Weather is the prime suspect behind the firefighters' deaths, with gusty and highly variable winds fanning the flames in multiple directions on Sunday afternoon as group of thunderstorms approached the fire. The University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies published a blog post on Monday that, like a detecti… Read More

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

The heat wave is the result of a massive dome of high pressure that has rerouted the jet stream from the Pacific Ocean northward into Canada, preventing storms and cooler air from surging south, and locking the already drought-stricken West into an extended bout of sizzling temperatures.… Read More

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic: the unpredictable storms, the ice jams, the prospect of becoming prey for a polar bear. "They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being," said Kevin Vallely, a… Read More