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6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

Warming fuels drought, Arctic ice reaches max, twisters, fracking, renewables and the Corn Belt. … Read More

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

It’s a sure sign that winter really is over and spring has arrived: The first major tornado threat of the season is here, with tornado watches across a large portion of the mid-South into Thursday evening. The storm threat is right on time, as early April is climatologically the period when tornado season begins to ramp up, said Bill Bunting… Read More

6 Degrees: Spring is Here, New Climate Data & Tornadoes

6 Degrees: Spring is Here, New Climate Data & Tornadoes

Spring finally has sprung, flood risks on the horizon and a great view of the spring equinox. … Read More

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

The past two years have been one of the quietest periods for tornadoes in the U.S. since the late 1980s. This tornado season is off to a sluggish start as well, but there are no guarantees this year will follow suit. March represents a major weather transition period. As spring spreads from north to south, snow melts, leaves unfurl, and heat retur… Read More

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring is finally -- finally -- here. That word is music to the ears of those in the eastern United States who are ready to thaw out from the frigid winter. But that thaw could bring flooding to parts of the Midwest and the northern Plains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its official spring outlook, released Thursday.… Read More

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

Climate Trends Tell Different Story for Great Lakes’ Ice

This winter has offered a rare treat for visitors to Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands: a stroll across the frozen lake to ice caves straight out of a scene in the movie “Frozen.” Thanks to enduring and massive blasts of frigid air, extensive lake ice has made the caves, normally only accessible to summer visitors traveling by boat, reachable by foot… Read More

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

White Roofs May Partially Offset Summer Warming by 2100

Painting building roofs white could cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate. How much benefits white roofs could bring depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season, new research shows. Keeping cities cool in the summer is becoming increasingly important as more people move to urban ar… Read More