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With Climate Change, Ticks Marching Farther and Earlier

With Climate Change, Ticks Marching Farther and Earlier

You might not be aware of it, but May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, devoted to reminding people who spend time in wooded areas to cover up. Otherwise, a bite from a black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis, a.k.a. a deer tick) could lead to joint and muscle pain — and in some cases, to chronic arthritis, mental confusion and even heart problems.… Read More

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Amid one the West’s worst droughts in centuries, more than 5,600 wildfires scorched more than 600,000 acres last year in California alone. It could happen again. With drought showing signs of worsening across the West and Upper Midwest, the Forest Service anticipates that it may spend up to $1.6 billion fighting wildfires in 2015, in a fire … Read More

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

To understand why the West has been so dry since the turn of the century, cast your eye further west — to the natural waxing and waning of Pacific Ocean winds. Strong trade winds have been forcing heat into ocean depths, contributing to a temporary slowdown in land surface warming over the past 15 to 20 years that some have called a warming hiatus… Read More

How Did Your City Fare This Winter?

How Did Your City Fare This Winter?

Winter is officially over, at least in the meteorological sense. Just don't tell Washington, D.C. residents who spent yesterday shoveling out their cars. And come to think of it, don't tell West Coast residents who just dealt with the winter that wasn't.… Read More

Whiteout? Map Shows Last Time All 50 States Had Snow

Whiteout? Map Shows Last Time All 50 States Had Snow

Boston probably has enough snow for the rest of the country. But the last time all 50 states shared in Massachusetts' snowy fortune (or misfortune depending on how you feel about it) was five years ago this week.… Read More

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains. Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any drought seen in at least the past 1,000 years and the effects could reverberate for urban dwellers and farmers across the regions. The 1930s Dus… Read More

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Two blasts of Arctic air are reminding tens of millions of Americans this week of just how cold winter can get, even in a world where temperatures are getting steadily warmer on average. The coldest air so far this season will keep daytime highs below zero in the Upper Midwest and no higher than the 30s even as far south as Atlanta. But will it be … Read More

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Hopefully your pumpkin is carved, the candy bowl is full and you haven't overdosed on candy corn yet because Friday is Halloween. This year's holiday has already set one record for the number of costumes that Americans purchased, including a whopping $350 million on pet costumes. But we here happen to be interested in some other records, specifical… Read More

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CO2 Storage Areas The United States has many areas where geological formations are likely to be suitable for long-term carbon dioxide storage

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