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Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

It will take climate scientists many months to complete studies into whether manmade global warming made the Boulder flood more likely to occur, but the amount by which this event has exceeded past events suggests that manmade warming may have played some role by making the event worse than it would have otherwise been.… Read More

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

The heat wave is the result of a massive dome of high pressure that has rerouted the jet stream from the Pacific Ocean northward into Canada, preventing storms and cooler air from surging south, and locking the already drought-stricken West into an extended bout of sizzling temperatures.… Read More

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Around 20 percent of the snow cover in North America’s greatest mountain range has been lost – because of warmer springs in the last three decades. Scientists from the American Geophysical Union and the U.S. Geological Survey report that they had established a pattern of snowfall in the northern and southern Rockies: when the snowpack was large in… Read More

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Fire season may come early this year in the West, as it has more frequently in recent years, thanks to ongoing drought conditions and increasing temperatures. According to a new outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, major wildfires in California could begin as early as this month, nearly a month ahead of… Read More

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

This storm will be notable for its broad geographic reach and multiple hazards, ranging from blizzard conditions with heavy snow and powerful winds, to severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and potentially tornadoes. … Read More

Another Summer of Drought Looms for Texas and West

Another Summer of Drought Looms for Texas and West

The drought that has gripped Texas for the better part of two years is expected to continue into the summer. Conditions are also expected to expand and intensify all across the West and Southwest, where below-average annual precipitation have combined with low water supplies left over from the drought that began in 2012. An update to the Seasonal… Read More