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What Global Warming Might Mean for Extreme Snowfalls

What Global Warming Might Mean for Extreme Snowfalls

So if the world is warming, that means winters should be less snowy, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. OK, it’s a lot more complicated. While the average annual snowfall in most parts of the world is indeed expected to decline, the extreme snowfalls — those that hit a place once every 10 or 20 years and can cause major headaches… Read More

Visualize It: Old Weather Data Feeds New Climate Models

Visualize It: Old Weather Data Feeds New Climate Models

In the 1930s, there were no computers to run climate models or record weather observations. Instead, weather reports were written or typed on typewriters and forecast maps were drawn by hand. Those observations from the past contain valuable data that can help scientists better understand what the climate may look like in the future. But gathering… Read More

The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?

The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?

This is the year of obscure atmospheric phenomenon. The polar vortex chilled everyone’s winter. Methane releases might be carving mysterious craters in the Arctic ice. And blocking patterns got the blame for Colorado’s so-called thousand-year flood. So if you want to impress friends and relatives with your meteorological knowledge, you’re going to … Read More

Depths of Atlantic May Hold Key to Global Warming Hiatus

Depths of Atlantic May Hold Key to Global Warming Hiatus

The key to the slowdown in global warming in recent years could lie in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern oceans where excess heat is being stored – not the Pacific Ocean as has previously been suggested, according to new research. But the finding suggests that a naturally occurring ocean cycle burying the heat will flip in around 15 years’ ti… Read More

6 Degrees: Urban Heat, Miami’s Woes & Record Temps

6 Degrees: Urban Heat, Miami’s Woes & Record Temps

The week that was features the latest on urban heats islands, Miami's sea level woes and more. … Read More

Coal Terminal Decision Highlights Exports’ GHGs

Coal Terminal Decision Highlights Exports’ GHGs

What an Oregon coal terminal setback means for U.S. coal exports and global greenhouse gas emissions isn’t clear partly because there is disagreement about whether blocking new coal export terminals will result in a decrease in global greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More

July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide

July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide

New National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) data show that last month was the fourth-warmest July on record worldwide, even though two giant cool spots in the Northern Hemisphere — one over Siberia and the other over the U.S. Midwest — made it easy for people living there to think that summer 2014 has been a mild one.… Read More

6 Degrees: Farming, Glaciers and Epic Flooding

6 Degrees: Farming, Glaciers and Epic Flooding

The week that was features everything from ideas on saving billions of tons of CO2 to the climate context of New England's epic floods.… Read More