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Picture This: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter

Picture This: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter

The days have been growing shorter and the air chillier as winter approaches. It will officially arrive on Saturday, with the winter solstice. Good news: After that, the daylight lasts a little bit longer every day! But there’s a lot of winter weather ahead of us, and it’s already started, from weird ice pancakes forming on a river in Scotland to m… Read More

Persistent Warming Driving Big Arctic Changes

Persistent Warming Driving Big Arctic Changes

Not every year can be a record setter in the Arctic. But records are only one small piece of a larger puzzle that shows persistent change in the Arctic. And that change hasn’t slowed according to this year’s Arctic Report Card released at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Wednesday. Long-term trends in rising temperatures, spirali… Read More

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

New discoveries in Greenland’s warming ice sheet tell a chilling tale of change in its depths. Mysterious under-snow lakes pockmarking its edges and deep layers of ice at higher elevations both point to changes that could hasten melt and send water cascading into the ocean, pushing global sea levels ever higher. Researchers revealed findings of th… Read More

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States. Traditionally, snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic and subarctic regions. But every four years or so … Read More

How Winters Are Changing Throughout the U.S.

How Winters Are Changing Throughout the U.S.

You may be waiting until December 21 to celebrate winter but if you’re meteorologically oriented, now is the time to break out the hot chocolate and ugly sweaters. Meteorological winter officially kicked off this week with a bang in California, providing some much-needed rain to start the wet season there. And over the next 6-10 days, the majority … Read More

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

The tongues of ice that stick out from and help to buttress the frozen expanse of Antarctica are increasingly under assault from warm ocean waters invading from below, potentially impact global sea level rise a new study says. That warm water intrusion eats away at the parts of Antarctica’s glaciers that flow into and float atop coastal waters.… Read More

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

Robotic Floats Will Reveal Southern Ocean’s Mysteries

This December, Hannah Zanowski, a graduate student at Princeton University, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, bundle up in something warm, and board a German research icebreaker called the Polarstern. Over the next eight weeks, the ship will make its way from the southern tip of Africa to the bottom of South America via the Weddell Sea off … Read More

6 Degrees: 2014 Records, Snowvember, CO2 and More

6 Degrees: 2014 Records, Snowvember, CO2 and More

This week in climate news features lake effect snow, a year of record heat, cool animations & more.… Read More