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Tropical Storm Isaac Forms, Could Threaten U.S.

Tropical Storm Isaac Forms, Could Threaten U.S.

A tropical depression could soon become tropical storm Isaac, and may impact then Republican Convention in Tampa.… Read More

2012 Drought Inches Up In U.S. Historical Rankings

2012 Drought Inches Up In U.S. Historical Rankings

The drought footprint is currently the largest in the 13-year record of the U.S. Drought Monitor. To compare this drought with droughts that occurred prior to this period of record, climate scientists use drought indices such as the Palmer Drought Severity Index, or PDSI, which measures the balance between moisture demand and moisture supply.… Read More

High Times: More 2012 Record Highs than All of Last Year

High Times: More 2012 Record Highs than All of Last Year

According to Guy Walton of The Weather Channel, who compiles temperature record statistics using data from the National Climatic Data Center, there were 26,674 daily record highs broken or tied during 2011, and through August 5 there were 27,042 such records broken or tied this year. … Read More

Drought Intensifies and May Last Through October

Drought Intensifies and May Last Through October

“It’s hard to believe that it’s getting worse, but it is, even with some rain in the region, said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.… Read More

Drought Tightens Its Grip on High Plains, Central States

Drought Tightens Its Grip on High Plains, Central States

While the drought is likely related to natural climate variability, including a long-lasting La Niña event that is still winding down, manmade climate change has likely made the drought worse by making the drought hotter than it otherwise would be. Extreme heat can help perpetuate drought conditions, since soils dry out faster during periods of hig… Read More

Great Lakes Water Temperatures At Record Levels

Great Lakes Water Temperatures At Record Levels

After a mild winter, warm spring, and extremely warm summer, the Great Lakes have heated up to record levels.… Read More

Extreme Heat Proves Relentless in Central States

Extreme Heat Proves Relentless in Central States

While much of the country has had a brief respite from the extreme heat and humidity that has marked the summer of 2012, in the nation's heartland — including key agricultural areas from Nebraska to Illinois — the heat has proven relentless.… Read More

Drought in U.S. Worsens, With No Relief in Sight

Drought in U.S. Worsens, With No Relief in Sight

According to the July 19 edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor, a whopping 81 percent of the lower 48 states were experiencing “abnormally dry to “exceptional drought conditions, and about 64 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions, a record high for the 12-year history of Drought Monitor data.… Read More