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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

NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a widespread severe weather outbreak from the Great Lakes southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday. The severe threat includes the potential for storms to form an organized line packing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail. Specifically, NWS meteorologists are highlighting th… Read More

Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S.

Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S.

On a weather map, Oklahoma appears to be divided into two states. Following multiple rounds of heavy rains and severe thunderstorms, central and eastern Oklahoma have erased the drought conditions that had parched the landscape since 2010. Yet extreme drought conditions continue to plague the more sparsely populated Oklahoma Panhandle.… Read More

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

America has some of the wildest weather on the planet, and it turns out those extremes – which run from heat waves and tornadoes to floods, hurricanes and droughts – carry a heavy price tag. Climate studies have associated more frequent and intense weather events – such as heavy storms and heat waves – with climate change. The wild swings in weath… Read More

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

What was once a coast-to-coast drought now divides the U.S. into two distinct pieces, pitting the water haves, in the Midwest, versus the have-nots, in the West. One of those regions is in for a long, hot, dry, and potentially smoky summer. (Hint: It's not the Midwest.)… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Tracking wildfires, measuring hurricanes and how this wacky weather is effecting the U.S. … Read More