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U.S. Drought at Lowest Level in Nearly Two Decades

U.S. Drought at Lowest Level in Nearly Two Decades

After years of intense, record-setting drought across the U.S., particularly in the Great Plains and California, the country is now experiencing its lowest level of drought in the 17 years since the U.S. Drought Monitor began its weekly updates. Less than 5 percent of the U.S. was in some stage of drought as of May 4, the most recent update… Read More

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895. Several states in the mid-Atlantic had their hottest April on record and a few Southeastern states were near-record warm, according… Read More

The Overlooked Risk of Levees As Rainfall Rises

The Overlooked Risk of Levees As Rainfall Rises

Thousands of miles of levees stretch across the U.S., built to keep swollen waterways from inundating towns, farmland and critical infrastructure. But, as the residents of Pocahontas, Ark., found out this week when drenching rains caused the Black River to overtop and breach the local levee system, living behind a levee is not an absolute guarantee… Read More

The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

California's biblical deluge has occupied many a meteorologists’ mind this February. But another notable story is unfolding across the eastern U.S. Unseasonable warmth has kickstarted spring up to a month early in the Southeast, cut into already paltry Great Lakes ice cover and created skiing conditions more reminiscent of April in the Northeast … Read More

Congress Protects Coasts From Climate Change With Mud

Congress Protects Coasts From Climate Change With Mud

As California reels from record-breaking erosion following punishing waves last winter, the federal government is turning to mud and sand from dredging projects to slow land losses and ease flooding nationwide as seas rise and storms intensify. Pacific Ocean storms strengthened by a powerful El Niño and global warming caused yawning erosion from … Read More

Coastal Cities Could Flood Three Times a Week by 2045

Coastal Cities Could Flood Three Times a Week by 2045

The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years. Such floods could occur several times a week on average by 2045 along the mid-Atlantic coastline… Read More

Warming-Driven Heat Waves Could Tax U.S. Electrical Grid

Warming-Driven Heat Waves Could Tax U.S. Electrical Grid

When a searing heat wave sends the temperature soaring, Americans turn to their air conditioners for relief. But with heat waves becoming more intense and happening more often as the world warms, that air conditioner use on the hottest days will put substantially more demand on the nation’s electricity grids, a new study finds. That increased… Read More

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

It’s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.

2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year. The announcement comes a week before the National… Read More

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September Arctic Sea Ice 2014's Arctic sea ice minimum isn’t going to be as low as the record set in 2012 but it will be well below the 1981-2010 average

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