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West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

Warm weather brings ice cream, beach days, and other joys of summer but it also brings the incessant buzz of mosquitoes. While a number of mosquitoes will bite and leave little more than a red welt, others, especially in the southern half of the U.S., can transmit West Nile virus, an uncomfortable and sometimes lethal disease. New research provides… Read More

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

The impact of thinning Arctic sea ice, monsoons and heat waves, plus the future of energy and more. … Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

Deadly Heat Continues in West; Wildfire Danger High

The heat wave is the result of a massive dome of high pressure that has rerouted the jet stream from the Pacific Ocean northward into Canada, preventing storms and cooler air from surging south, and locking the already drought-stricken West into an extended bout of sizzling temperatures.… Read More

Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for parts of the West, as another “stuck” weather pattern once again establishes itself across the U.S. and Canada. By early next week, the jet stream — a fast-moving river of air at airliner altitudes that is responsible for steering weather systems — will form the shape of a massive, slither… Read More

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

In states like Missouri, last summer’s drought was downright scary. Farmers saw their corn shrivel in the fields, ranchers ran out of feed for their cattle, and commerce on the Mississippi River slowed to a crawl, as barges struggled to avoid newly exposed rocks on the low-flowing river. But this spring brought relief. And now, after one of the… Read More