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First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

It might not look like much now, but a messy storm system off the coast of Florida could put a damper on Fourth of July festivities along the East Coast if it pulls itself together to form the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Right now the system is just a loose collection of thunderstorms known as a tropical wave, a precurso… Read More

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

Tuesday’s ”Risky Business” report laid out the financial impacts of climate change on the U.S. economy. The report dubs climate change an “interest-only loan,” meaning future generations will be stuck paying for the consequences of climate change we’re fueling with current greenhouse gas emissions. Behind the much-publicized report that was present… Read More

Uncivil War Brews Over Summer Flounder as Waters Warm

Uncivil War Brews Over Summer Flounder as Waters Warm

The summer flounder – one of the most sought-after catches on the U.S. East Coast – is stirring up a climate change battle as it glides through the sand and grasses at the bottom of a warming North Atlantic. Also known as "fluke," the flat, toothy fish is remarkable for its ability to change color to adapt to its surroundings, rendering it almost i… Read More

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

The summer solstice is right around the corner this Saturday and temperatures around the U.S. have started to rise to the occasion. But it’s not just a warmup from spring to summer that’s occurring: summer temperatures have been steadily rising since 1970. On average, temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4°F per decade in the… Read More

The Ocean is Heating Up for Hurricane Season

The Ocean is Heating Up for Hurricane Season

If you live on the Gulf Coast or Eastern Seaboard, hopefully you’re ready for Atlantic hurricane season, which started on Sunday, June 1. As the season gets underway, hurricane-friendly ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are ramping up, though they’re not quite there in all places just yet. A new graphic from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows ocean te… Read More

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, it was not the storm’s winds but the massive pile of water those winds pushed in front of the storm that wreaked the most havoc, inundating coastal areas in 3 to 9 feet of water, causing billions in damages, and leaving dozens dead. In general, this storm surge poses a far greater threat to lives and… Read More

Here Are 5 Resources to Track Hurricane Season

Here Are 5 Resources to Track Hurricane Season

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off on Sunday, June 1, and runs through November 30. There are countless resources to keep track of tropical storms and hurricanes as they form plow across the ocean, but here are four great ones that will help not only track individual storms but get a sense of how the season is progressing.… Read More

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Rains Slightly Ease Southern Plains Drought

Over the better part of a week, a slow-moving low-pressure system dumped rain across parts of Oklahoma and Texas. including areas suffering the most from drought. The storm brought them at least a modicum of relief according the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “Basically, the rain fell exactly where it was most needed,” Victor Murphy, the climate… Read More