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Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

The West continues to be a fiery inferno as August starts to fade into September. Wildfires have exploded across the region this month. There have been 115 large wildfires to date including 66 large fires that are still burning. Those fires along with thousands of smaller blazes have contributed to 7.7 million acres burned in the U.S. That puts … Read More

Alyson Kenward Talks ‘Danger Days’ on WVM Radio

Alyson Kenward Talks ‘Danger Days’ on WVM Radio

Our senior scientist and research director, Alyson Kenward, spoke with West Virginia Morning's Ashton Marra about the high number of "danger days" that West Virginia's capital city, Charleston, will face as the world warms. Climate change is about to make danger days a lot more common over the next 15 years. Charleston, W.Va., for example, is set… Read More

Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

In honor of the agency’s 99th birthday, the National Park Service is offering free entrance to its 58 parks and 350 other sites. In the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies, park visitors might also be hoping that entry comes with a free respirator and x-ray vision. Smoke from large wildfires is obscuring some of the stunning vistas that inspired… Read More

2015 Edges Closer to Warmest Year on Record

2015 Edges Closer to Warmest Year on Record

If you’re a betting person, it would be close to a sure bet to go all-in on 2015 taking the title of warmest year on record. “I would say [we’re] 99 percent certain that it’s going to be the warmest year on record,” Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist with ERT, Inc., at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said during a … Read More

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

There’s a drought in California. Perhaps you’ve heard a few things about it. Like the fact that it’s cost the state $2.7 billion in losses, helped burn up roughly 118,000 acres of forest this year to-date and inspired Los Angeles to release a 96 million-strong armada of shade balls into reservoirs (though it was apparently a PR stunt). Oh, and the … Read More

El Niño Could Rank Among Strongest on Record

El Niño Could Rank Among Strongest on Record

This year’s El Niño is poised to join the ranks of the strongest such events on record, U.S. forecasters said Thursday, with potentially significant impacts for weather across the country this winter. “We’re predicting that this El Niño could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950,” Mike Halpert, the deputy… Read More

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Chances are you’ve never heard the phrase “danger day” when it comes to weather. That’s because they’re rare. You’ll want to get to know it, though, because climate change is about to make them a lot more common over the next 15 years. A danger day is when the combination of heat and humidity (also known as the heat index) make it feel like it’s … Read More

Heat Continues to Roast West, Fueling Drought, Blazes

Heat Continues to Roast West, Fueling Drought, Blazes

The U.S. West was once again a land of extremes in July. From Alaska to the Pacific Northwest, July was unusually hot, with some spots recording daily and monthly heat records, while other parts of California got a rare deluge. The heat across much of the West has done no favors for the deep drought and has helped to fuel a surge in wildfires… Read More

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Boston: July Days Over 90 Degrees By mid-century in Boston, the sweltering heat of July 2010 may be thought of as cooler-than-average conditions

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