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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

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Learn about NOAA's newly released reports, NYC's resiliency plan, and how to easily track the fires blazing out West.… Read More

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should mean more vigorous plant growth – though until now this has been very difficult to prove. Randall Don… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of This Week’s Top Climate News

Tracking wildfires, measuring hurricanes and how this wacky weather is effecting the U.S. … Read More

In Parched Southwest, Anxious Wait for Summer Rains

In Parched Southwest, Anxious Wait for Summer Rains

However, if the past two summer monsoon seasons are any guide to what’s ahead, meaningful drought relief may be wishful thinking. “Another dry monsoon could be devastating,” said Victor Murphy, a climate services program manager with the National Weather Service.… Read More

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Fire season may come early this year in the West, as it has more frequently in recent years, thanks to ongoing drought conditions and increasing temperatures. According to a new outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, major wildfires in California could begin as early as this month, nearly a month ahead of… Read More