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‘Grey Swan’ Hurricanes Pose Future Storm Surge Threat

‘Grey Swan’ Hurricanes Pose Future Storm Surge Threat

Black swans are catastrophic events that no one sees coming, while “grey swans,” as the are known, are extreme events for which there’s no historical precedent, but that could still potentially be predicted. A new study takes this concept into the realm of weather and climate, finding that global warming might sharply increase the odds of grey swan… Read More

Atlantic Storm Sets Records as 3 Others Span Pacific

Atlantic Storm Sets Records as 3 Others Span Pacific

Tropical Storm Erika may have fizzled out, leaving Florida’s 10-year hurricane-free streak still running, but there is plenty of other tropical cyclone activity afoot: Once again this year, there is a string of storms spanning the Pacific, while over in the Atlantic, a hurricane has formed further east in the tropics than any other on record.… Read More

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

From Katrina, an ‘Amazing’ Decade of Climate Research

During the summer of 2005, Columbia University climate scientists Adam Sobel and Suzana Camargo were planning a workshop on a topic to which only a handful of scientists had given much thought: how the warming climate might alter hurricane activity. “It seemed to us sort of like a small, sort of obscure field,” Sobel said, so the pair didn’t … Read More

10 Years Later: Was Warming to Blame for Katrina?

10 Years Later: Was Warming to Blame for Katrina?

In the days after Aug. 29, 2005, when the world watched Hurricane Katrina become one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, a question reverberated through the public consciousness: Was climate change to blame? This question arose in part because of a desire after such terrible events to understand why they occur. … Read More

Tropical Storm Erika Could Hit Florida By Monday

Tropical Storm Erika Could Hit Florida By Monday

It may just be a dot on the map, but it could be an historic one. Florida has entered the cone of probability in the latest forecast for Tropical Storm Erika. The forecast, from the National Hurricane Center, shows that Erika could make landfall in South Florida. That would end an unprecedented 10-year hurricane drought in Florida, a state that … Read More

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

Katrina: Lasting Climate Lessons for a Sinking City

This week marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina spun violently toward the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, ravaging both states when it barreled ashore on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina taught New Orleans and the Gulf Coast many lessons about how vulnerable the region is to natural disaster, especially to sea level rise and storm surge made worse by … Read More

Hurricane Danny Takes Aim at Drought-Parched Caribbean

Hurricane Danny Takes Aim at Drought-Parched Caribbean

The Atlantic just got its first hurricane of the season. According to the latest update from National Hurricane Center, Danny passed the hurricane test with wind speeds in excess of 75 mph. The storm is forecast to remain a weak hurricane and make landfall somewhere between Martinique and Anguilla in the eastern Caribbean Sunday night or Monday … Read More

Hawaii May Say ‘Aloha’ to More Hurricanes

Hawaii May Say ‘Aloha’ to More Hurricanes

For the second summer in a row, a tropical cyclone is headed toward Hawaii, a relative rarity for the island chain. But in a warming world, the 50th state could face more tropical storms and hurricanes, some research suggests, with one new study finding that climate change upped the odds of last year’s spate of storms. Though Hawaii is a tropical… Read More

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

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