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10 Images Show & Explain the Northeast Flooding

10 Images Show & Explain the Northeast Flooding

Records fell along with the torrential rain that swamped parts of the East Coast from Baltimore up to Long Island from Tuesday through Wednesday morning. A series of storms parked themselves over certain parts of the region, dumping enough rain to inundate roads, parking lots, front lawns and backyards.… Read More

Ongoing Coverage of Historic Drought in U.S.

Ongoing Coverage of Historic Drought in U.S.

After a warm and dry spring and a scorchingly hot start to the summer, the U.S. is in the grips of one of its top 10 worst drought events on record. The drought extends from Delaware to California, with the most intense drought conditions centered in the nation's heartland. Corn growers and ranchers have been hard-hit this year, prompting fears of … Read More

What Climate Change in the Rockies Means for its Water

What Climate Change in the Rockies Means for its Water

A new report by Colorado’s state water authorities showing how climate change will affect water supply there is important because how much water is going to be coursing down these rivers in a warming world is highly uncertain, and that means the millions of people downstream of Colorado have a lot at stake.… Read More

California Has Hottest Start to Year While Midwest Chills

California Has Hottest Start to Year While Midwest Chills

The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark. Neighboring states have also baked, though not quite at record levels, helping contribute to both the spread of drought and large wildfires. At the same time, cool weather had a number of Midwest states … Read More

What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee

What Climate Change Means for Your Coffee

Coffee — the black liquid that kick-starts the day for billions of people each morning — is one of our most precious global commodities. But as this video from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains, it’s also under threat from a changing climate. “Although there are now 125 species of coffee, we only actually use two species to produce the beverage c… Read More

Picture This: Fire Clouds & A Slew of Pacific Storms

Picture This: Fire Clouds & A Slew of Pacific Storms

The weather has provided extreme bookends to the week, with a 1-in-500 year rainfall event washing out Mt. Baldy, Calif., in the middle of what is supposed to be the dry season, while a hurricane bore down on Hawaii for the first time in 22 years. The thunderstorms that unleashed the rains on California also produced lots of lightning that sparked… Read More

Why Hurricanes Are So Rare in Hawaii

Why Hurricanes Are So Rare in Hawaii

The last time a hurricane was bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands, Steven Spielberg was on Kauaʻi finishing filming of the now iconic movie “Jurassic Park” when Hurricane Iniki hit the island as a Category 4 storm. Now — 22 years later — not one, but an unprecedented two hurricanes are making a beeline for the island chain and residents are… Read More

Forecasters Lower Hurricane Season Expectations

Forecasters Lower Hurricane Season Expectations

Hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean basin is likely to be even more lackluster for the remainder of the season than forecasters originally thought when it began on June 1. Forces like cool ocean waters and a stable atmospheric environment are keeping storms from forming and growing, and the El Nino that is faltering but still expected to… Read More