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What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?

What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?

California really needs this winter to be a wet one. The state is now at the beginning of the fourth year of one if its worst droughts on record. The drought has been fueled by a spate of disappointing winter rainy seasons that have left meager snowpacks and diminished reservoir levels, combined with record-warm temperatures that have driven… Read More

San Francisco Rising to Threat of Swelling Seas

San Francisco Rising to Threat of Swelling Seas

The fog of uncertainty cast by rising seas is starting to lift from $25 billion worth of public projects planned in San Francisco. The City by the (rising) Bay, where bayfront shorelines will continue to experience worsening high tide flooding, where the nearby international airport is among the nation’s most vulnerable to floods, and where Pacifi… Read More

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual CO2 emissions report, released Tuesday.… Read More

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Glaciologists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of scientists has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-l… Read More

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

The phantom El Niño continues to hold sway over the weather and climate world, in part because it has such a strong influence on weather patterns around the globe. But the weather it influences isn’t the end of the story or even the biggest point. What really matters is how those shifts can lead to flooding or drought. A new study looks at those d… Read More

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

The "odds are good" that 2014 will be the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.… Read More

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

A new climate report from the Pentagon, tornado trends, earthquakes and more in this week's top climate news. … Read More

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

The big news in weather this week was the sudden surge of storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention a fairly rare tropical storm heading Hawaii’s way). The star of the cyclone show has been Hurricane Gonzalo, the first Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since 2011. But there was of course weather news outside of the tropics, from… Read More