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Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

But while the U.S. has shivered through the start to winter, the rest of the world was unusually mild during November. According to NASA, November was the warmest such month on record worldwide since reliable instrument temperature data began being collected in 1880. The top 10 warmest Novembers in NASA’s dataset have each occurred since 2001.… Read More

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

– You may think the prospect of climate change is alarming, a call to action to slow down our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. You’re almost certainly right. But some scientists are now suggesting you should be much more concerned than you are, because they think we may be seriously underestimating the problem. The Geologica… Read More

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

We've summarized the top climate stories from the week and put them together into one great slideshow. … Read More

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Three million properties in England, including No. 10 Downing Street, are at risk of flash flooding, according to new maps published by the Environment Agency on Thursday. The maps, the first of their kind to be made available to the public, were described by the agency as a "vital service," enabling homeowners to check their level of risk. But mi… Read More

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic region, it turns out, local land elevation changes are accelerating regional sea level rise, with all locations in the mid-Atlantic seeing faster rates of relative sea level rise compared to the global trend, the study found. The rate of relative sea level rise in the Mid-Atlantic since the early 1900s was nearly double that of … Read More

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

Along Alaska's northern coastline, which lies above the Arctic Circle, the warmest December temperatures on record in at least 70 years occurred during the past week. At the airport in Deadhorse, which serves the oil production hub of Prudhoe Bay, the temperature hit 39 degrees on December 7, the highest December temperature on record there since a… Read More