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Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

It’s a sure sign that winter really is over and spring has arrived: The first major tornado threat of the season is here, with tornado watches across a large portion of the mid-South into Thursday evening. The storm threat is right on time, as early April is climatologically the period when tornado season begins to ramp up, said Bill Bunting… Read More

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

Where are the Tornadoes? Slow Start, but No Guarantees

The past two years have been one of the quietest periods for tornadoes in the U.S. since the late 1980s. This tornado season is off to a sluggish start as well, but there are no guarantees this year will follow suit. March represents a major weather transition period. As spring spreads from north to south, snow melts, leaves unfurl, and heat retur… Read More

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

Hopes Pinned on Kemper Power Plant to Make ‘Clean Coal’

The massive block of steel towers and pipes rises out of the morning fog like a sci-fi fantasy. But this coal-fired power plant could help save the climate, or at least that's the hope of the Obama administration. The plant in east-central Mississippi was repeatedly invoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify sweeping new clima… Read More

East Greets Winter’s End; West Braces for Drought, Fire

East Greets Winter’s End; West Braces for Drought, Fire

February marked the end of winter in the meteorological sense, and it continued a three-month trend of warm and dry conditions in the West and cool and wet conditions in the East. And despite a seemingly endless winter for those on the East Coast, for most of the states from Georgia to Maine, it was just an average winter. Not a single state on t… Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More

Winter Storm of ‘Historic Proportions’ To Slam Southeast

Winter Storm of  ‘Historic Proportions’ To Slam Southeast

Snow and rain are already spreading across the southeastern U.S. as a powerful storm ramps up across the region. Snow and rain are only the tip of the weather iceberg with freezing rain and ice expected to cause significant damage from Georgia through the Carolinas before the storm slides up the East Coast, bringing the potential for heavy snow aro… Read More

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

Charleston is also among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate, which may threaten nearly $150 billion of infrastructure along the South Carolina coast. In the past century, the Atlantic has risen more than a foot along the coast near here and could rise an additional 5 feet by 2100.… Read More

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

The second major incursion of Arctic air into the continental U.S. is set to spill into the Dakotas on Saturday, where blizzard watches and wind chill advisories are already in effect. Cold weather warnings may expand to more than a dozen states by Monday, as the Arctic air spills out to the south and east, enveloping the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic,… Read More