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More Rain, Less Snow for U.S. Winters

More Rain, Less Snow for U.S. Winters

For most states in the U.S., winters without snow would be like a Super Bowl performance without Beyonce, Donald Trump without a combover or an overseas flight without a visa. And yet that’s exactly what’s been happening. As the world warms, it’s changing the essence of winter. It’s not that less precipitation is falling (though that is happening … Read More

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

Climate Economists React to Obama’s Proposed Oil Tax

On Thursday, President Obama dropped a surprise in his transportation plan as part of his annual budget. The plan — dubbed the 21st Century Clean Transportation System — calls for $300 billion in investments over the next decade in high speed rail, driverless cars and mass transit across the U.S. That would cut down on carbon pollution and could … Read More

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

It looks like this El Niño — which will rank among the strongest on record — has passed its peak in terms of tropical ocean temperatures, but it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, the biggest El Niño impacts on the U.S. are probably still to come. The country has already started to feel the influence of El Niño with a recent spate of storms… Read More

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

2015 is officially in the books as the second-hottest year ever recorded for the U.S., with a major boost provided by the incredible warmth that bathed the eastern half of the country in December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. That second-place finish comes as both NOAA and NASA are expected to announce… Read More

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

For those living in the eastern half of the country, this may come as no surprise. This autumn was the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S., with every state in the Lower 48 recording above-average temperatures from September through November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday. For the year-to-date, this… Read More

Where Cows and Coal Rule, So Does CO2

Where Cows and Coal Rule, So Does CO2

In Wyoming, a sparsely populated state where cattle outnumber people more than 2-to-1, electricity is cheap, coal is king, winters are cold and distances are so vast that driving dozens or even hundreds of miles to reach a shopping mall or healthcare is a way of life. That formula makes the Cowboy State the nation’s leader in per capita carbon … Read More

Forecasters Say U.S. Faces an El Niño-Dominated Winter

Forecasters Say U.S. Faces an El Niño-Dominated Winter

It’s looking to be an El Niño-dominated winter across much of the U.S., as the truly impressive event this year makes forecasters more confident that the climate phenomenon’s impacts will show up this coming season. In its monthly update of the seasonal outlook, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters on Thursday held steady … Read More

States At Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

States At Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

For over a century weather events have become more extreme, turning normal fluctuations into long-term climate trends. Today, heavy rains increasingly pound northeastern states, the southwest is in a long term drying pattern, the western wildfire season is 60 days longer, rising seas compound damaging coastal storms, and the Southeast and Gulf … Read More

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January Record Extremes The first month of 2014 has left us a nation divided by hot vs. cold weather.

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