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87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

Global temperatures are rising, but nothing brings global warming home to people like a really hot summer day — those few days a year when it actually feels like the planet is boiling over. But what if those rare sweltering days, over 90° or 100°F, were not so rare and began to dominate summers? That could happen if carbon emissions continue … Read More

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

See Power Plants Most Vulnerable to Flooding

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new mapping tool announced Wednesday shows how a flood could drown the some of the nation’s most critical energy infrastructure — power plants, oil and gas wells, solar power installations, and other infrastructure.… Read More

Tornado Outbreaks Could Have a Climate Change Assist

Tornado Outbreaks Could Have a Climate Change Assist

Days with more tornadoes have become more common over the past 60 years, a trend that new research says could have a climate change connection. Understanding the connection between climate change and tornadoes, if any, is one of the most fraught areas of research. But a study released Wednesday posits that changes in heat and moisture content in t… Read More

Putting a Climate Context on SoCal’s Flash Floods

Putting a Climate Context on SoCal’s Flash Floods

A confluence of extreme atmospheric conditions over Southern California, possibly with an assist from the intense drought in the state, set the stage for the torrential rains and flash flooding that washed away cars and homes in some areas like Mt. Baldy on Sunday. And while the U.S. Southwest is expected to increasingly dry out in a warming… Read More

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Has Your City Reached its Peak Heat Yet?

Statistically, the hottest time of year in the continental U.S. comes in mid-July, a few weeks after the sun reaches its highest point in the sky on the summer solstice. This year the solstice was on June 21. But that mid-July peak heat is just a national average: if you look at smaller regions, the peak temperature might come earlier (that’s true… Read More

6 Degrees: Arctic Sea Ice Is Melting, but East Coast Isn’t

6 Degrees: Arctic Sea Ice Is Melting, but East Coast Isn’t

Review of top climate news, from the state of Arctic summer sea ice melt to the cost of delayed action on climate. … Read More

Picture This: Eerie Wildfire, Stirring Rainbow & Sharknado!

Picture This: Eerie Wildfire, Stirring Rainbow & Sharknado!

The weather news of the week was certainly the blast of cool air that once again set temperatures at comfortable levels across the eastern half of the U.S. That same air mass sent a storm system through the Northeast, spawning a rare Boston-area tornado. It also corresponding with another ridge of hot air hanging out over the western half of the… Read More

Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More