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Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

An extreme weather-packed slideshow of the week's top climate news.… Read More

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2013 hurricane season, which begins on June 1, is likely to be somewhere between active and extremely active, with between 13 and 20 named storms – those with sustained winds above 39 m.p.h. By comparison, in 2012 — the year of Isaac and Sandy — there were 19 named storms … Read More

Tornadoes Resume; Drought Divides; Fish on the Move

Tornadoes Resume; Drought Divides; Fish on the Move

Tornado season resumes, drought divides the U.S. and how warming is affecting ice and fish. … Read More

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its final review of the agency’s performance during Hurricane Sandy, finding that while the agency provided accurate forecasts of the storm’s path and strength well ahead of time, there were many shortcomings, including confusing and poorly timed guidance on the expected storm surg… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Tracking wildfires, measuring hurricanes and how this wacky weather is effecting the U.S. … Read More

Hawaii at Growing Risk of Hurricanes, Studies Show

Hawaii at Growing Risk of Hurricanes, Studies Show

The new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that environmental conditions will become more favorable for tropical cyclones in and around the Hawaiian islands by 2075-2099. That’s due, in part, to a northwestward shift in the tropical cyclone track as well as increased ocean temperatures in the central tropical Pacific, whic… Read More

Scientists Develop New Way of Classifying Hurricanes

Scientists Develop New Way of Classifying Hurricanes

For the past 40 years, the Saffir-Simpson Scale has been used to neatly classify all hurricanes into five categories. The scale, created by Herbert Saffir and Robert Simpson in the early 70s, is simple. It measures a storm’s maximum sustained wind speed — no more, no less.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Immense Energy Shook the U.S.

Hurricane Sandy’s Immense Energy Shook the U.S.

Sandy, the superstorm that all but submerged New York, was powerful enough to set U.S. earthquake detectors quivering long before it hit the American coastline. It stirred up Atlantic Ocean waves that slammed into each other, started to shake the sea floor and then shook the Midwestern states so vigorously that the storm’s progress could be tracked… Read More