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Never-Ending Winter? Nah, January in U.S. Was Average

Never-Ending Winter? Nah, January in U.S. Was Average

It might seem like the East Coast has endured a never-ending winter, but that was hardly the case for the Lower 48 in January. According to new data released Thursday, the mainland U.S. was extremely dry and only slightly cooler than average for the first month of 2014. Dry conditions dominated a stretch of states from California to Alabama.… Read More

Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Arctic sea ice could open previously dangerous waters to expanded oil drilling, but the risks and expense of doing so could still be extreme, a new paper says. Government regulators and environmentalists have been forceful with their concern about the hazards of drilling in the Arctic, saying that the costs of cleaning up an oil spill in ic… Read More

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

The first month of 2014 has left us as a nation divided by hot versus cold weather. The polar vortex has been the big story for the eastern half of the country while the ridiculously resilient ridge has brought warm, dry weather to most states west of the Rockies. Record temperatures have been set on both ends of the spectrum in January across the… Read More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

Six hot climate stories you may have missed this week. … Read More

Super Bowl Will be Far From a Winter Apocalypse

Super Bowl Will be Far From a Winter Apocalypse

Putting this Sunday's Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city for the very first time, it seemed the NFL was courting weather chaos. The Super Bowl is a game weaned on the balmy weather of Miami and New Orleans and Los Angeles, and if it heads north, it snuggles under a dome. So, ever since the NFL announced Super Bowl XLVIII would … Read More

When Next Hurricane Hits, Storm Surge Will be Mapped

When Next Hurricane Hits, Storm Surge Will be Mapped

The National Weather Service will issue new storm surge maps beginning with the 2014 hurricane season.… Read More

Obama’s State of the Union Climate Mention Fits Pattern

Obama’s State of the Union Climate Mention Fits Pattern

“Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth,” Obama said. “But we have to act with more urgency — because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”… Read More

Polar Vortex Is Back: Coldest of the Cold En Route to U.S.

Polar Vortex Is Back: Coldest of the Cold En Route to U.S.

Of course, blaming this all on the polar vortex isn’t entirely accurate. The true polar vortex exists at upper levels of the atmosphere, and what’s been causing January’s bitter cold - and soon to be February’s - is a result of the interaction between the vortex and events in the more chaotic lower atmosphere. The polar vortex exists at the upper … Read More