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Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ve seen the crazy pictures of the massive snowfall in the Buffalo area. The snow, which reached a staggering 7 feet in the worst-hit areas, came thanks to two bouts of lake effect snow set off when frigid Arctic air swept over still-warm Lake Erie. The air sopped up moisture from the lake and dum… Read More

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

The plight of Buffalo, socked in under feet upon feet of snow, has entranced the country. Social media lit up with mind-boggling pictures of the snow-buried landscape, from hundreds of cars trapped on the highway to doorways blocked by walls of snow. And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are… Read More

These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy

These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy

If you live in a broad swath of the country stretching from Portland down to El Paso, over to Atlanta and up to the Northeast, chances are you woke up this morning cursing the unseasonably cold weather. Well, just be glad you don’t live in far western New York. (Unless, of course, you do. In which case, we’re sorry.) Areas just to the east of Lake … Read More

6 Degrees: Singing Ice, Lightning Strikes, New Maps, More

6 Degrees: Singing Ice, Lightning Strikes, New Maps, More

This week's top climate news features shocking new findings and high tech mapping solutions.… Read More

Picture This: Cold, Cold, Cold (And Some Snow)

Picture This: Cold, Cold, Cold (And Some Snow)

There was really only one weather story this week: Cold, cold, and more cold. With some snow thrown in here and there for good measure. That cold, of course, was the result of a massive outbreak of Arctic air over most of the United States to the east of the Rockies. … Read More

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

They’re not as catchy as Vanilla Ice’s self-aggrandizing single, nor as funky as the pioneering blues of Muddy Waters. But tuning in to the harmonies produced as water courses through icy cracks in a glacier could eventually come as life-saving music to the ears of their neighbors.… Read More

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

UN Climate Report Rings Alarm, Offers Guidance

The most sophisticated, comprehensive and succinct scientific account of the accelerating impacts of human activity on the world around us, from warming and rising oceans to the growing toll of heat stroke, was published Sunday by a United Nations panel. The picture that emerged from the 116-page synthesis of three blockbuster climate change report… Read More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

New greenhouse gas concerns to Arctic sea ice decline's link to cold winters, all in this week's top news. … Read More