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6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

Sun kinks warp railroads, CO2 emissions enter space age, rains and floods all top climate news this week. … Read More

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Over the better part of a week, a slow-moving low-pressure system dumped rain across parts of Oklahoma and Texas. including areas suffering the most from drought. The storm brought them at least a modicum of relief according the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “Basically, the rain fell exactly where it was most needed,” Victor Murphy, the climate… Read More

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Drought-weary residents of the Southern Plains, do meteorologists ever have a welcome forecast for you: Rain. And potentially lots of it. A large, low-pressure system cut off from the jet stream has formed over the Southwest and looks to bring several inches of rain to the Southern Plains. It will slowly trundle across the region over the next… Read More

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

California's drought just got worse, with 100 percent of the state now in the three highest stages of drought, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest report, which indicated that rain had improved conditions in parts of Texas and the Plains states, revealed that California got no relief. In fact, a heat wave likely… Read More

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate Assessment, makes clear that climate change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate change is often viewed as a global problem, the report highlights how impacts vary across all regions of the country… Read More

Despite Spate of Tornadoes, 2014 on Track for Low Total

Despite Spate of Tornadoes, 2014 on Track for Low Total

What has so far been one of the quietest tornado seasons on record whipped into action this weekend as tornadoes tore across communities in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Kansas, after atmospheric conditions finally became favorable for tornado formation. “Tornado season has arrived, and unfortunately with a vengeance,” said Greg Carbin, the… Read More

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