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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

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

The first month of 2014 has left us as a nation divided by hot versus cold weather. The polar vortex has been the big story for the eastern half of the country while the ridiculously resilient ridge has brought warm, dry weather to most states west of the Rockies. Record temperatures have been set on both ends of the spectrum in January across the… Read More

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

The second major incursion of Arctic air into the continental U.S. is set to spill into the Dakotas on Saturday, where blizzard watches and wind chill advisories are already in effect. Cold weather warnings may expand to more than a dozen states by Monday, as the Arctic air spills out to the south and east, enveloping the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic,… Read More

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

How cold will it get? Computer model forecasts project low temperatures on Monday night in Washington to drop to near zero, and below zero in Boston and possibly New York City as well. Dayton, Ohio is likely to see lows in the teens below zero. In some areas of the Ohio Valley and Midwest, high temperatures may not get above zero, Oravec said.… Read More

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

As a Thanksgiving-eve storm, which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday, comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. This snow cover is likely to play a big role in helping to usher in a wave of potentially historically cold air during the week after… Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Clocks aren’t the only things falling back at this time of year. The start to foliage season is also on the move, with the season starting later and later in the U.S. since 1982. Other threats from climate change could also cost states that rely on the billions from leaf peepers in lost tourism revenues and have ecological impacts that extend well … Read More

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

A western heat wave allowed drought to intensify and expand in Idaho, Oregon and Montana last week. 72.25 percent of the land area in the ten western states is now under drought conditions, according to the latest update to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst impacts of the drought are concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Texas, Southern… Read More