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U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

Tornado Season Is Here: Watches Out Across Mid-South

It’s a sure sign that winter really is over and spring has arrived: The first major tornado threat of the season is here, with tornado watches across a large portion of the mid-South into Thursday evening. The storm threat is right on time, as early April is climatologically the period when tornado season begins to ramp up, said Bill Bunting… Read More

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most destructive tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. The event, deemed a Super Outbreak, took place over two days and spawned nearly 150 tornadoes across 13 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. The storm left behind millions of dollars in damage and caused 300 deaths and 6,000 injuries. The … Read More

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. 2013 investment of $36.7 billion.… Read More

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth's land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. The study find… Read More

6 Degrees: A Warm Year, A Snowy Spring & Cool Maps

6 Degrees: A Warm Year, A Snowy Spring & Cool Maps

The WMO says 2013 was one of the warmest, it could snow in March and check out these maps. … Read More

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Two new online interactive maps produced by the federal government show where the nation’s wind farms are, how quickly they were built and what impact they may have on the landscape.… Read More

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

The nor’easter taking shape off the East Coast on Tuesday may make it seem like this winter will never end, as it brings the threat of potential snow to places in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast that have had quite enough of the white stuff, thank you. But March snows aren’t just a symptom of this year’s deep chill; snowstorms in March can, and do… Read More