News Section
Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Hot, dry, and windy weather whipped up wildfires across the Australian state of new South Wales on Thursday. That caused a deep haze to descend over Sydney and spurred the deployment of hundreds of firefighters across the region. Smoke from the fires blanketed Sydney on Thursday. Surreal images from Quartz show eerie orange skies framing the downt… Read More

Shutdown Could Delay NOAA Satellites, Climate Report

Shutdown Could Delay NOAA Satellites, Climate Report

The 16-day government shutdown may have ripple effects throughout the government’s weather and climate programs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has begun assessing whether the shutdown will cause further delays to its already troubled development of the next generation of weather and climate satellites. The satellites, w… Read More

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Forecasters say that three main features loom large for the inactivity: large areas of sinking air, frequent plumes of dry, dusty air coming off the Sahara Desert, and above-average wind shear. None of those features were part of their calculations in making seasonal predictions.… Read More

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, about 20 miles east of Tokyo late Tuesday or Wednesday, while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a strengthening hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Satellite analysis from the U.S. Navy's Joint Ty… Read More

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha, which is currently a 110 mph storm located several hundred miles south of Kyoto, Japan, appears poised to sideswipe, or possibly even make a direct hit on, Japan in the coming days. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and high waves to the Japanese coast from Tokyo northward, including the ailing Fukushima Daiich… Read More

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Clocks aren’t the only things falling back at this time of year. The start to foliage season is also on the move, with the season starting later and later in the U.S. since 1982. Other threats from climate change could also cost states that rely on the billions from leaf peepers in lost tourism revenues and have ecological impacts that extend well … Read More

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Marine scientists say the state of the world’s oceans is deteriorating more rapidly than anyone had realized, and is worse than that described in last month’s UN climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say the rate, speed and impacts of ocean change are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought – and… Read More

NWS Staff Walks to Work in Blizzard Despite Shutdown

NWS Staff Walks to Work in Blizzard Despite Shutdown

When a record-breaking early season blizzard struck the northern Rockies to the Northern High Plains on October 4-5, dumping as much as four feet of snow and piling the snow into drifts up to 10 feet high in places, NWS staff faced challenges that would be tough to meet under any circumstances, least of all during a government shutdown, when office… Read More