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Could 2014 Become the Warmest Year on Record?

Could 2014 Become the Warmest Year on Record?

For 351 months in a row, or more than 29 years, global temperatures have been warmer than average. May 2014, the 351st month in the uninterrupted series, was the warmest May on record, coming in with an average temperature 1.33°F above the 20th century average for the month (58.6°F), according to figures released Monday by the National Oceanic and… Read More

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

The pattern of a wavy jet stream was a recurring theme in U.S. weather forecasts this winter as a particularly jagged one essentially split the country in two. While there is a debate over whether climate change causes that pattern, new research shows that the waviness does exacerbate extreme weather. The research, published in Nature Climate Chan… Read More

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

From methane leaking oil wells to gnarly folds in Greenland's ice, here are 6 stories we think are worth a click. … Read More

One Great View of Earth for the Summer Solstice

One Great View of Earth for the Summer Solstice

Planning to host a party for the summer solstice tomorrow? Here’s a view that will help build some excitement, courtesy of a satellite positioned about 36,000 miles from the Earth’s surface. Brian McNoldy, a tropical storm researcher at the University of Miami, grabbed an image of the Earth as GOES-West, a satellite operated by the National Oceani… Read More

Atmosphere May Be Getting in Gear for El Niño

Atmosphere May Be Getting in Gear for El Niño

The atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean may be getting its act together and finally cooperating with shifting ocean waters to signal that an El Niño has arrived, climate scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in their latest outlook on Thursday. El Niño watchers have been waiting for the climate phenomenon to… Read More

6 Degrees: Record Floods, World Cup Temps & More

6 Degrees: Record Floods, World Cup Temps & More

From temp trends in Brazil to a spectacular atmospheric phenomenon, our weekly news roundup has it all.… Read More

El Niño Could Spell Disaster for Coral Reefs

El Niño Could Spell Disaster for Coral Reefs

A growing number of scientists are predicting a major El Niño weather event this year, which could wreak havoc across South America and Asia as droughts, floods and other extreme weather events hit industry and farming. But the impacts on the world’s coral reefs could be even more disastrous. The last big El Niño in 1997/98 caused the worst coral … Read More

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

A space station-eye view of a storm swirling off the coast of Argentina is your Friday afternoon diversion.… Read More