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New Satellite to Improve Climate and Weather Forecasts

New Satellite to Improve Climate and Weather Forecasts

In T-minus a few hours, global precipitation monitoring will receive a major upgrade. NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency are launching a revolutionary new satellite on Thursday afternoon that will provide important new data on precipitation, which will in turn help improve climate and weather forecasts. The new satellite is dubbed … Read More

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

The polar vortex that brought frigid weather and snow to much of the U.S. in early January, returned later in the month, and is on the way back for a third time, had plausible links to global warming—according to some scientists, anyway. The idea is that rapid climate change in the Arctic has disrupted the jet stream, leading to spates of extreme… Read More

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

6 Degrees: A Little Hot, A Little Cold and a Little TV Time

Find out what happened this week in the world of climate news and research.… Read More

Watch 27 Years of ‘Old’ Arctic Ice Melt Away in Seconds

Watch 27 Years of ‘Old’ Arctic Ice Melt Away in Seconds

The total amount of Arctic sea ice is near record low for this time of year. The amount of ice isn’t the only big story, though. A video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a disturbing trend in the age of Arctic ice. Since 1988, Arctic sea ice is getting younger, and young ice is not a good thing. In 1988, ice that was … Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Sits at Record Low for Mid-February

Arctic Sea Ice Sits at Record Low for Mid-February

Arctic sea ice growth has slowed dramatically in recent weeks, thanks in large part to abnormally warm air and water temperatures. Sea ice now sits at record low levels for mid-February. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, as of February 18, sea ice covered about 14.36 million square miles in the Arctic. The previous low on this da… Read More

Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

The temperature has settled into the mid-50s this week at the Sochi Olympics, and snowboarders were furious at the slushy condition of the halfpipe Tuesday. Four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, rain and fog delayed downhill skiing events, and organizers resorted to straw bales to build jumps and obstacles for courses where snow proved scarce. … Read More

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

With the East Coast under a seeming barrage of ice and snow this winter and parts of the West facing record drought, Climate Central's Heidi Cullen was front and center on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos talking about climate change and extreme weather. Cullen was joined by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AB… Read More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

6 Degrees: El Niño Alarms, Gas Leaks, White Roofs & More

El Niño warnings, more wintery weather, the lowdown on white roofs & more in this week's top climate news.… Read More