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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

Odds of El Niño Drop; Still Expected to Form

Odds of El Niño Drop; Still Expected to Form

The El Niño that seems to be trying to form in the tropical Pacific Ocean is looking a little less likely now, though the chances of it developing are still double the normal odds, forecasters said in the latest monthly update on the cyclical climate phenomenon, released Thursday. That update lowered the odds of an El Niño occurring in fall and… 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

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

Report Paints Bleak Future for Nuclear Power

The globe’s nuclear power industry is ageing, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide.… Read More

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions? It Could Cost You

The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40 percent each decade if no action is taken, according to a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House on Tuesday.… Read More

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

Warming Threatens Roads, Ports and Planes, Report Says

The transportation sector is a major contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, it’s also one of the most vulnerable sectors to the effects of climate change. That means “sun kinks” could warp train tracks in the heat, and airplanes will be pricer to fly.… Read More

Picture This: Lucky Lightning Photo & Crazy Bug Swarm

Picture This: Lucky Lightning Photo & Crazy Bug Swarm

When weather strikes, it can lead to some amazing and unexpected photos, like the shot of lightning on flier caught from her plane window. It can also set up the conditions for some stunning scenic shots, as storms in Glacier National Park showed earlier this week. And then, sometimes what looks like weather on radar screen isn't actually weather… Read More

This Would be the Ultimate ‘Sunburn’ for Your Summer

This Would be the Ultimate ‘Sunburn’ for Your Summer

As you head into another summer weekend and your thoughts turn toward beach trips and barbecues, we thought we’d share with you a little light (no pun intended) reading about our ultimate power source, the sun, and the chance it could unleash a huge storm that could cause major damage to systems that modern life depends on. We’ll start with a… Read More