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One of Sao Paolo’s Biggest Reservoirs Is Nearly Dry

One of Sao Paolo’s Biggest Reservoirs Is Nearly Dry

Drought is taking its toll on the water system that quenches the thirst of Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paolo, to such a degree that it is visible to orbiting satellites. Sao Paolo is facing water rationing as the worst drought to hit the region in decades reduces reservoirs to muddy waters surrounded by cracked earth. The Cantareira Reservoir … Read More

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

The phantom El Niño continues to hold sway over the weather and climate world, in part because it has such a strong influence on weather patterns around the globe. But the weather it influences isn’t the end of the story or even the biggest point. What really matters is how those shifts can lead to flooding or drought. A new study looks at those d… Read More

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

The big news in weather this week was the sudden surge of storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention a fairly rare tropical storm heading Hawaii’s way). The star of the cyclone show has been Hurricane Gonzalo, the first Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since 2011. But there was of course weather news outside of the tropics, from… Read More

Picture This: Monster Typhoon and Miami’s King Tides

Picture This: Monster Typhoon and Miami’s King Tides

With October comes Halloween, and this week was certainly full of some scary weather. Typhoon Vongfong spun up to monster size and strength in the Pacific, while strong winds knocked down trees in Massachusetts. Perhaps even more fitting to the upcoming holiday was this week’s blood-red full moon. Read on to find out what caused it and see amazing… Read More

2014 Extreme Weather: Looking for Climate Ties

2014 Extreme Weather: Looking for Climate Ties

The ongoing, intense drought in California; the nonstop storms that left parts of Great Britain waterlogged all winter; the bitter winter cold in the eastern U.S. — these are just some of the extreme weather events from this year that could be examined in an annual report that looks for the fingerprints of climate change in such occurrences. … Read More

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Switches On

Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. The project, the first commercial-scale plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology, was held up by the coal industry as a real life … Read More

Picture This: Fall Snow and Bizarre Clouds Over NYC

Picture This: Fall Snow and Bizarre Clouds Over NYC

The signs of fall continue to flourish, but the weather isn't all clear skies. Some intimidating clouds rolled over New York City early in the week, just as the first snows of the season fell on some of Colorado's peaks. Across the pond, torrential rains flooded a city in southern France, while in the Pacific, yet another typhoon took aim at Japan.… Read More

Drought Drains Already Diminished Aral Sea

Drought Drains Already Diminished Aral Sea

The Aral Sea has been dying a long, slow death. This summer, another nail was driven into its coffin. Starting in the 1950s, when Soviet authorities began programs that diverted water from its tributaries, the inland lake in Central Asia — once the fourth largest in the world, bigger than Lake Huron — has been shrinking. This summer, the eastern l… Read More