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In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

In Wake of Sandy, NOAA Alters Hurricane Warning Policy

Ahead of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service announced today that it is changing its policy on the issuance of tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings. Beginning on June 1, the agency will be permitted to leave these watches and warnings in effect even if a hurricane transiti… Read More

Shorter Winters Chip Away at a Logging Town’s Future

Shorter Winters Chip Away at a Logging Town’s Future

Scott Lizotte was hopeful as he pulled his iPhone out of the breast pocket of his flannel shirt. "It's going to be six degrees tonight," he said, studying the 10-day forecast. It's mid-March, and he's standing between a skidder and a log loader in a snowy clearing of a 12,000-acre private forest near Tupper Lake, a former lumber town in New York's … Read More

For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option

For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option

Civil engineers build rugged things designed to last for decades, like roads, bridges, culverts and water treatment plants. But a University of New Hampshire professor wants his profession to become much more flexible. In a changing climate, civil engineer Paul Kirshen argues, facilities will have to adapt to changing conditions over their useful … Read More

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

As expected, the Friday morning high tide brought major coastal flooding to the Massachusetts shoreline, from Cape Ann to Nantucket, as high seas driven by four straight days of gale force winds eroded beaches and damaged homes. More coastal flooding is anticipated during Friday evening's high tide, but it may be less severe than what has occurred … Read More

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

The storm known to many as “Snowquester” appeared for a time like it would be one of modern meteorology’s shining moments, in which early warnings saved the government and millions of people time, money, and exposure to dangerous weather conditions. Instead, it turned into every weather forecaster’s worst nightmare — a bust of a forecast for a heav… Read More

Coastal Flooding, High Winds Battering New England

Coastal Flooding, High Winds Battering New England

The National Weather Service is predicting moderate to major coastal flooding in several locations in eastern and southeastern parts of Massachusetts on Thursday and Friday as a storm surge combines with building seas to bombard the shoreline.… Read More

Storm Spares D.C., Pounds Coast With Wind, Water

Storm Spares D.C., Pounds Coast With Wind, Water

The threat of coastal flooding exists from Delaware northward into Massachusetts, as the coast stands to take it on the chin from high winds, pounding surf, and a storm surge that should average out to between 2 and 4 feet in many spots, but locally may be higher. … Read More

‘Snowquester’ Threatens To Cause Major Coastal Flooding

‘Snowquester’ Threatens To Cause Major Coastal Flooding

While the prospect of heavy snow in places like Washington, D.C. and New York City has garnered most of the headlines so far, coastal flooding may end up being the most severe and long-lasting impact of this event, especially from Delaware northward to the picturesque towns along the Massachusetts coast.… Read More