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6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

Six hot climate stories from around the world you may have missed from during the week. … Read More

In Much of U.S., Extreme Cold is Becoming More Rare

In Much of U.S., Extreme Cold is Becoming More Rare

The numbers show that overall there is a downward trend in the number of extreme cold nights like we’re currently experiencing — although there are variations in a few cities. This trend is consistent with what climate scientists have been saying: Overall, winters across the contiguous U.S. , and every region has warmed at least somewhat over that … Read More

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

How cold will it get? Computer model forecasts project low temperatures on Monday night in Washington to drop to near zero, and below zero in Boston and possibly New York City as well. Dayton, Ohio is likely to see lows in the teens below zero. In some areas of the Ohio Valley and Midwest, high temperatures may not get above zero, Oravec said.… Read More

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

The U.S. suffered its share of extreme weather and climate events in 2013, from a monster tornado that flattened large parts of Moore, Okla., to the driest year on record in California. But compared to the blockbuster calamities of the previous 2 years, 2013 stands out more for its relative tameness.… Read More

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding. Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. For that reason, the government did not require them to buy flood insurance, a cost imposed on neighbors on more vulnerable … Read More

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic region, it turns out, local land elevation changes are accelerating regional sea level rise, with all locations in the mid-Atlantic seeing faster rates of relative sea level rise compared to the global trend, the study found. The rate of relative sea level rise in the Mid-Atlantic since the early 1900s was nearly double that of … Read More

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

Along Alaska's northern coastline, which lies above the Arctic Circle, the warmest December temperatures on record in at least 70 years occurred during the past week. At the airport in Deadhorse, which serves the oil production hub of Prudhoe Bay, the temperature hit 39 degrees on December 7, the highest December temperature on record there since a… Read More

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

For First Time in 20 Years, Cold Records May Beat Warm

That means that December will be a crucial month for determining the winner for 2013. The last time daily record lows outnumbered daily record highs in the U.S. was in 1992. The Arctic air mass moving south from Canada, which is set to send temperatures plunging from Seattle to Texas by the end of this week, tilts the odds in favor of cold temperat… Read More