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A Roundup of Hurricane Sandy News Reports

A Roundup of Hurricane Sandy News Reports

In the hardest-hit regions, however, from southern New Jersey up through New York City and east along Long Island and the Connecticut coast, the story was no longer the storm itself, but rather on the causes (especially Sandy’s possible relationship to climate change) and on the grim aftermath — millions without power, tens of thousands evacuated … Read More

Powerful Windstorm Winds Down in Plains, Midwest

Powerful Windstorm Winds Down in Plains, Midwest

The storm, which was centered across the Upper Midwest but has since drifted eastward and weakened, was a very powerful area of low pressure fueled by the strong temperature contrast between cooler and drier Canadian air masses and warmer and more humid air well to the south. These types of storms are actually rather common in the fall, when such l… Read More

Winter Wheat Crop Now Feeling Impact of U.S. Drought

Winter Wheat Crop Now Feeling Impact of U.S. Drought

Drought conditions did expand, though, in parts of the Upper Midwest and Plains states, such as in Minnesota and the Dakotas. According to the winter outlook that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released on Thursday, these regions are likely to see a drier and warmer than average winter… Read More

Sea Level Rising Faster Than Average In Northeastern U.S.

Sea Level Rising Faster Than Average In Northeastern U.S.

Sea level is rising all over the world thanks to the heat-trapping effect of greenhouse-gas emissions, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Coastal Research, the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada have seen the ocean rise at an accelerating rate in recent decades. Based on readings at 23 tidal gauges stretching along the … Read More

Drought Conditions Recede Slightly Across U.S.

Drought Conditions Recede Slightly Across U.S.

Nebraska remains the state with the highest proportion of exceptional drought, which is the worst drought category. Exceptional drought now covers a vast majority — 77.61 percent — of the state, up from 73.25 percent on Sept. 25.… Read More

In West, September Brought Record Heat and Dry Weather

In West, September Brought Record Heat and Dry Weather

At Needles, California, which is also located in the unforgiving Mojave Desert, the average monthly temperature of 91.3°F tied for the hottest September on record. In addition, Reno, Nevada had its warmest September since records began there in 1888.… Read More

Another Week Brings More Pessimistic Drought News

Another Week Brings More Pessimistic Drought News

As has been the case throughout the month of September, the latest weekly drought update shows that drought conditions have tightened their grip on the Plains States and Western U.S., and the overall drought footprint expanded to encompass 65.45 percent of the lower 48 states, up from 64.8 percent on Sept. 18. As of Sept. 25, the worst categories … Read More

Studies: Offshore Wind Potential is Huge

Studies: Offshore Wind Potential is Huge

The U.S. has lagged behind European countries in capturing offshore wind for electricity, but a spate of recent studies suggest that a bigger push might be in order. The latest, from Stanford civil & environmental engineer Mark Jacobson concludes that off the East Coast alone is enough moving air to meet a third of the entire nation’s energy needs.… Read More