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Warming Waters Linked to Northeast Seagrass Die-offs

Warming Waters Linked to Northeast Seagrass Die-offs

An analysis of data gathered from 1992 through 2013 found widespread warming and declining water quality throughout Buzzards Bay, a shallow estuary near Cape Cod popular in the summertime but tainted by pollution. Nitrogen pollution was found to have worsened in some parts of the bay, but not everywhere. The valleys and ridges that were etched … Read More

Weekend Blizzard Was a ‘Multi-Billion-Dollar’ Disaster

Weekend Blizzard Was a ‘Multi-Billion-Dollar’ Disaster

Sledders from Capitol Hill to Central Park enjoyed bluebird skies on Sunday after a massive winter storm swept across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. But while the joy on sledding hills across the region was palpable, so too was the cost of the storm. Crippling snow, coastal flooding, icing and high winds all conspired to make this storm the first… Read More

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

In case you haven’t heard, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, are about to get walloped by a major storm that could bury the city in a record-breaking amount of snow. The storm is expected to bring snows that could top 2 feet in the D.C. area and has already resulted in thousands of cancelled flights. While snows may not… Read More

Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face Warming ‘Double Whammy’

Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face Warming ‘Double Whammy’

After David Goethel set out on his 44-foot trawler on a calm New England day last week, he caught a third of his cod quota for the year in about 10 minutes. In 2010, Goethel was allowed to land about 60,000 pounds of cod. This year, following a population crash linked to warming waters, his limit was set at a meager 3,700 pounds. Oceans are … Read More

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

If you live in the eastern half of the U.S., you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that it has been ridiculously warm this month. Just how warm is illustrated by two eye-popping charts that show there have been more than 20 times as many daily heat records as cold ones this month and that nearly a third of the Lower 48 has seen temperatures… Read More

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

It has been ridiculously warm across the eastern half of the country this month, with many spots likely to see their warmest December on record. New York City may reach as high as 72°F on Christmas Eve. Washington D.C. is forecast to reach the mid-70s, and Miami the mid-80s. One of the factors behind this decidedly un-Christmas-like weather is a… Read More

Bitterly Cold Winters Less Likely for East Coast

Bitterly Cold Winters Less Likely for East Coast

The relentless bitter cold the U.S. East Coast faced during the winter of 2013-2014 is becoming increasingly rare — possibly 20 to 100 times less likely to occur because of warming, a study released Thursday said. But no warming connection could be found to the repeated snowstorms that painted the East Coast white during that same winter, another … Read More

Attribution Studies Home in on Climate Change Signal

Attribution Studies Home in on Climate Change Signal

From Hawaii’s flurry of hurricanes, to record high sea ice in Antarctica, and a heat wave that cooked the Australian Open like shrimp on a barbie, 2014 saw some wild weather. How much of that was tied to climate change is what scientists around the world tried to answer in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’s annual attribution… Read More

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Oklahoma City’s Wet Wednesday The city recorded more than 7 inches of rain in 24 hours, the third-highest single day rainfall total for any day on record.

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