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Hot, Dry Weather Could Cut Into California’s Snowpack

Hot, Dry Weather Could Cut Into California’s Snowpack

Hello, it’s me. Words made famous by Adele could just as easily apply to what’s about to happen in California. An unwelcome call is coming from across the Pacific for a state still struggling with drought. A ridge of high pressure is coming to the state, harkening back to the ridiculously resilient ridge of the past few years and butting into… Read More

These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art

These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art

Climate data is usually seen in pixels, spreadsheets and maps. But watercolors? Not so much. That’s what makes a growing series of paintings by Maine-based artist Jill Pelto so striking. They combine imagery from the natural world with hard data showing the impact climate change is having. The message can be subtle, with the global average … Read More

Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds

Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds

Floodwaters that washed icy brine into streets and homes along the eastern seaboard during Saturday’s blizzard reached heights in some places not experienced since Hurricane Sandy. “I just hope it isn’t a sign of things to come,” Pam Bross told a local newspaper as she mopped up the market she operates on a New Jersey street not normally reached by… Read More

Weekend Blizzard Was a ‘Multi-Billion-Dollar’ Disaster

Weekend Blizzard Was a ‘Multi-Billion-Dollar’ Disaster

Sledders from Capitol Hill to Central Park enjoyed bluebird skies on Sunday after a massive winter storm swept across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. But while the joy on sledding hills across the region was palpable, so too was the cost of the storm. Crippling snow, coastal flooding, icing and high winds all conspired to make this storm the first… Read More

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

In case you haven’t heard, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, are about to get walloped by a major storm that could bury the city in a record-breaking amount of snow. The storm is expected to bring snows that could top 2 feet in the D.C. area and has already resulted in thousands of cancelled flights. While snows may not… Read More

Got Winter Storm Questions? We’ll Answer Them Here

Got Winter Storm Questions? We’ll Answer Them Here

You’ve probably heard there’s a blizzard coming to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast (and if not, get caught up on our coverage here and on WXshift, would ya!). An area from Washington, D.C. to New York — home to more than 50 million people — could see more than a foot of snow while heavy icing could hit the Southeast and storm surge could inundate … Read More

This Winter Storm Could Set Coastal Flood Records

This Winter Storm Could Set Coastal Flood Records

The chatter about this weekend’s snowstorm has reached a fever pitch. And while snow total maps are de rigueur for any weather site worth its road salt, it’s the coastal flood impacts that could also go down in the record books and drive major damage. Areas north and west of Washington, D.C. are under a blizzard watch from Friday afternoon… Read More

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

If you’d asked permafrost researcher Vladimir Romanovsky five years ago if he thought the permafrost of the North Slope of Alaska was in danger of substantial thaw this century because of global warming, he would’ve said no. The permanently frozen soils of the northern reaches of the state are much colder, and so more stable than the warmer, more… Read More

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Strong El Niño Brings Warmer Global Temperatures Global average temperatures are generally higher in El Niño years vs. La Niña years.

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