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El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

The phantom El Niño continues to hold sway over the weather and climate world, in part because it has such a strong influence on weather patterns around the globe. But the weather it influences isn’t the end of the story or even the biggest point. What really matters is how those shifts can lead to flooding or drought. A new study looks at those d… Read More

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

New regulations in North Dakota are expected to slash the CO2 emissions from flaring natural gas wells in North Dakota, where about a third of the natural gas produced along with crude oil in the Bakken shale is burned off, producing CO emissions. … Read More

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

The big news in weather this week was the sudden surge of storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention a fairly rare tropical storm heading Hawaii’s way). The star of the cyclone show has been Hurricane Gonzalo, the first Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since 2011. But there was of course weather news outside of the tropics, from… Read More

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

The mercury has already dipped below 32°F at a number of locations around the U.S. in the Rockies and Upper Midwest. It’s only a matter of time before chilly temperatures march east and south as fall turns to winter, frosting over windowpanes, lawns and leaves. But Old Man Winter and Jack Frost are getting a later and later start to their usual fro… Read More

Tornado Days Decreasing, but Number Per Day Rising

Tornado Days Decreasing, but Number Per Day Rising

Over the past couple of decades, tornado season has seen a lot more variation than it used to. Not only have some of the earliest and latest starts to the tornado season been recorded since the mid-1990s, but tornadoes are seeming to cluster together so that there are fewer days with tornadoes, but more tornadoes on the days that do have them, a … Read More

Winter Unlikely to See Repeat of Frigid Polar Vortex

Winter Unlikely to See Repeat of Frigid Polar Vortex

Those who shivered through the recent frigid and long-lasting winter can perhaps look forward to a reprieve from the onslaught of the Polar Vortex, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in it’s newly released winter climate outlook. “At this point there’s nothing that indicates we’ll see a repeat of that,” said Mike… Read More

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

Evidence Connects Quakes to Oil, Natural Gas Boom

A flurry of new research connecting connect the dots between fossil fuels development and the shaking ground: Oil and gas operations, including fracking, can cause earthquakes. Some of them can destroy homes and injure people.… Read More

What’s Behind Recent Flurry of Hurricane Activity?

What’s Behind Recent Flurry of Hurricane Activity?

The Atlantic hurricane season usually hits its peak of stormy activity in early September, with more storms typically spinning up in that month than any other month of the six-month hurricane season. But after a couple storms early in the month, the basin went quiet for the rest of this September, even though that is the time when oceans reach th… Read More