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Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

Coldest Air in Decades Clearing Customs, Entering U.S.

The second major incursion of Arctic air into the continental U.S. is set to spill into the Dakotas on Saturday, where blizzard watches and wind chill advisories are already in effect. Cold weather warnings may expand to more than a dozen states by Monday, as the Arctic air spills out to the south and east, enveloping the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic,… Read More

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

Arctic Outbreak: When the North Pole Came to Ohio

How cold will it get? Computer model forecasts project low temperatures on Monday night in Washington to drop to near zero, and below zero in Boston and possibly New York City as well. Dayton, Ohio is likely to see lows in the teens below zero. In some areas of the Ohio Valley and Midwest, high temperatures may not get above zero, Oravec said.… Read More

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 great images and 20 great stories tell the year in climate change news and research.… Read More

Bundle Up for New Year as Door to Arctic Is Wide Open

Bundle Up for New Year as Door to Arctic Is Wide Open

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth, Minn., December 2013 already ranks as the 2nd-coldest December on record in International Falls, and in Duluth, this month ranks as one of the top 10 coldest Decembers on record.… Read More

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

The U.S. suffered its share of extreme weather and climate events in 2013, from a monster tornado that flattened large parts of Moore, Okla., to the driest year on record in California. But compared to the blockbuster calamities of the previous 2 years, 2013 stands out more for its relative tameness.… Read More

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

If you like the occasional plate of grilled scallops or fancy an oyster now and then, read on and ponder. The health of several species of European shellfish is under threat. The bad news is that the shellfish face an uncertain future as the oceans become warmer and more acidic because of the changing climate. But there is some better news too: th… Read More

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Two German scientists have just confirmed that you can’t balance the Earth’s rising temperatures by simply toning down the sunlight. It may do something disconcerting to the patterns of global rainfall. Earlier this year a U.S.-led group of scientists ran sophisticated climate models of a geoengineered world and proposed the same thing. Now Axel K… Read More

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding. Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. For that reason, the government did not require them to buy flood insurance, a cost imposed on neighbors on more vulnerable … Read More