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1997 vs. 2015: Animation Compares El Niños Side-by-Side

1997 vs. 2015: Animation Compares El Niños Side-by-Side

With this year’s El Niño shaping up to rival the strongest on record, comparisons to the last major El Niño, in 1997-1998, are inevitable. A new animation showing the development of each event side-by-side is the latest example, and provides a window into the similarities and differences between the two climate events. Those similarities and… Read More

In Week of Cyclone Records, Kilo Could Break More

In Week of Cyclone Records, Kilo Could Break More

It’s been a banner week for tropical cyclones (the umbrella term for hurricanes and typhoons), with records set left and right thanks in part to a strong El Niño. And more potential records could be in store if Typhoon Kilo keeps on keeping on. Prior to Sept. 1, Kilo was one of a trio of Category 4 hurricanes in the northeastern Pacific — a record … Read More

Hurricane Kilo Crosses Dateline, Becomes Typhoon

Hurricane Kilo Crosses Dateline, Becomes Typhoon

The storm formerly known as Hurricane Kilo is now Typhoon Kilo. Well, sort of. The storm is trapped somewhere in the space-time-storm continuum, halfway between typhoon and hurricane, today and tomorrow, eastern and western Pacific. It's all very confusing for a storm that, rather than dissipating or taking a northward turn on its trek across … Read More

‘Grey Swan’ Hurricanes Pose Future Storm Surge Threat

‘Grey Swan’ Hurricanes Pose Future Storm Surge Threat

Black swans are catastrophic events that no one sees coming, while “grey swans,” as the are known, are extreme events for which there’s no historical precedent, but that could still potentially be predicted. A new study takes this concept into the realm of weather and climate, finding that global warming might sharply increase the odds of grey swan… Read More

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

The West continues to be a fiery inferno as August starts to fade into September. Wildfires have exploded across the region this month. There have been 115 large wildfires to date including 66 large fires that are still burning. Those fires along with thousands of smaller blazes have contributed to 7.7 million acres burned in the U.S. That puts … Read More

Atlantic Storm Sets Records as 3 Others Span Pacific

Atlantic Storm Sets Records as 3 Others Span Pacific

Tropical Storm Erika may have fizzled out, leaving Florida’s 10-year hurricane-free streak still running, but there is plenty of other tropical cyclone activity afoot: Once again this year, there is a string of storms spanning the Pacific, while over in the Atlantic, a hurricane has formed further east in the tropics than any other on record.… Read More

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

During the summer of 2005, Columbia University climate scientists Adam Sobel and Suzana Camargo were planning a workshop on a topic to which only a handful of scientists had given much thought: how the warming climate might alter hurricane activity. “It seemed to us sort of like a small, sort of obscure field,” Sobel said, so the pair didn’t … Read More

Alyson Kenward Talks ‘Danger Days’ on WVM Radio

Alyson Kenward Talks ‘Danger Days’ on WVM Radio

Our senior scientist and research director, Alyson Kenward, spoke with West Virginia Morning's Ashton Marra about the high number of "danger days" that West Virginia's capital city, Charleston, will face as the world warms. Climate change is about to make danger days a lot more common over the next 15 years. Charleston, W.Va., for example, is set… Read More

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