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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

Lingering El Niño Could Mean Fewer Tornadoes This Year

Lingering El Niño Could Mean Fewer Tornadoes This Year

Last year brought a huge advance in tornado forecasting: the first seasonal severe weather forecast for the U.S. The forecast proved to be accurate and now researchers are back with a second forecast: a below average number of tornadoes and hailstorms for the coming year. The new forecast was presented at the American Meteorological Society’s … Read More

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

If you live in the eastern half of the U.S., you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that it has been ridiculously warm this month. Just how warm is illustrated by two eye-popping charts that show there have been more than 20 times as many daily heat records as cold ones this month and that nearly a third of the Lower 48 has seen temperatures… Read More

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

It has been ridiculously warm across the eastern half of the country this month, with many spots likely to see their warmest December on record. New York City may reach as high as 72°F on Christmas Eve. Washington D.C. is forecast to reach the mid-70s, and Miami the mid-80s. One of the factors behind this decidedly un-Christmas-like weather is a… Read More

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida stuck out like a sore thumb on U.S. temperature maps this year, the lone bright orange spot in the sea of blue that dominated the eastern half of the country for most of the year. And after particularly sultry November weather that has bled into December, it is likely to see its hottest year on record — the only state east of the… Read More

El Niño Lifts Odds of Wetter South, Drier North This Winter

El Niño Lifts Odds of Wetter South, Drier North This Winter

The El Niño chatter has been going on for months, but we’re now entering the time of year when the climate phenomenon has noticeable impacts on U.S. weather. Government forecasters announced Thursday that they expect this year’s strong event to set up a north-south divide in both temperature and precipitation: While the northern tier of states is… Read More

Warming May Boost Carbon Storage on Public Lands

Warming May Boost Carbon Storage on Public Lands

Public lands are considered one of America’s best defenses against rising greenhouse gas emissions because the forests there pull vast quantities of carbon from the atmosphere and store it in tree trunks and roots. As the climate warms, public lands may become even more valuable in America’s effort to fight greenhouse gas emissions because climate… Read More

It’s After Labor Day, So Why Is It Still So Hot?

It’s After Labor Day, So Why Is It Still So Hot?

Even though Labor Day is behind us, and meteorological summer is over, the seasonal heat is hanging on across a large swath of the country, setting records in some places. Afternoon temperatures across parts of the West, South and Northeast are reaching the 90s, which is 15° to 20°F above normal in some spots. While such unseasonably high… Read More

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A Hurricane Season With Supersized and Shrunken Storms The contrast between gigantic Hurricane Igor and tiny Hurricane Paula.

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