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Extreme Tornado Swings: What Holds the Key?

Extreme Tornado Swings: What Holds the Key?

Just three years ago, the U.S. saw a tornado season so active that one forecaster called it “shockingly extreme.” The 1,691 tornadoes reported in 2011 were the second most for any season on record, and April of that year saw the highest monthly tornado count, with 758 recorded twisters. In stark contrast, 2014 is on pace to set record-low numbers… Read More

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

It’s been 44 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. Our interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of these temperature trends. Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have actually been rising gradually for more than a century, … Read More

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