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Picture This: Twin Waterspouts and Amazing Aurora

Picture This: Twin Waterspouts and Amazing Aurora

The big weather story this week was of course the unseasonably cool air that washed over much of the eastern half of the U.S. this week (whether or not it was related to the polar vortex). But cold air is kind of hard to photograph, so we’ve rounded up some other stunning shots taken of various weather phenomena this week. Enjoy! The other big… Read More

So You Think You Know Renewables? Take the Quiz

So You Think You Know Renewables? Take the Quiz

Shining solar cells, whirling wind turbines, massive dams and advanced geothermal heat pumps are all crucial pieces of infrastructure that currently generate renewable energy. And they'll likely play a big role in the future as the world looks to slash carbon dioxide emissions. But these seemingly new technologies each had humble beginnings many … Read More

Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

The record exemplifies a temperature pattern that has held across the country for much of the year, with above-average temperatures in the West and below average in the East. The pattern has kept monthly average temperatures for the entire U.S. -- as well as the average temperature for the year-to-date -- in the middle of the pack record-wise, but … Read More

Polar Vortex or Not, Cooler Temps Invade Eastern U.S.

Polar Vortex or Not, Cooler Temps Invade Eastern U.S.

Mid-July is typically when places from Colorado to Minnesota to New Jersey see their warmest temperatures of the year, but thanks to an incursion of cold polar air, parts of the eastern U.S. will see the mercury dip 5 to 25°F below normal this week. But as far as the National Weather Service is concerned, don’t call it a Polar Vortex. The event… Read More

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

Another Quiet Season As Tornado Peak Passes

Another Quiet Season As Tornado Peak Passes

June is likely to go into the books as the busiest month for tornadoes in what has been an overall quiet year. Tornado activity, which was initially on a record-low pace through late April, picked up most significantly last month, and now the odds of a tornado happening anywhere in the U.S. on a given day are on the decline. “We’ve just passed the… Read More

6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

Summers get hotter, tornado season fizzles, cow manure worsens methane and more. … Read More