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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

The Year in Weather Like Never Seen Before

The Year in Weather Like Never Seen Before

Satellite images often provide crucial information when major storms such as Super Typhoon Haiyan form. But both extreme events and our day-to-day weather are part of a much larger climate system. Now EUMETSAT, the European Union’s satellite agency, has taken that long view and used satellite images to construct an entire year in weather on our pla… Read More

Rain Falling on Mountains Speeds CO2 Removal

Rain Falling on Mountains Speeds CO2 Removal

U.S. scientists have measured the rate at which mountains make the raw material for molehills – and found that if the climate is rainy enough, soil gets made at an astonishing speed. And in the course of this natural conversion of rock to fertile farmland and forest loam, carbon is naturally removed from the atmosphere. Isaac Larsen of the Univers… Read More

6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

6 Degrees: Web Comics, Super El Ninos & the Olympics

Six hot climate stories from around the world you may have missed from during the week. … Read More

Climate Data Meets the Funny Pages at xkcd

Climate Data Meets the Funny Pages at xkcd

Climate Central's data has appeared online, in newspapers, on TV, in front of Congress and in classrooms. Now we can add a new frontier: web comics. On Friday, xkcd featured Climate Central's analysis of extreme cold events in their Friday release.… Read More

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Californians are hoping big rains will relieve the drought emergency declared in the state last week. It could be in the form of a miracle March rainstorm, or a sudden drastic shift in the weather pattern that is keeping the winter rains away. The state is drying up quickly, but cities across the state are responding to the drought in a variety of … Read More

2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

The last year with an annual average temperature below the 20th century average was 1976, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century have ranked among the 15-warmest in the 134-year period of record, with the top 3 being 2010, 2005, and 1998. Even considering the margin … Read More

Climate Change Could Double Likelihood of Super El Ninos

Climate Change Could Double Likelihood of Super El Ninos

The question of how global warming will influence El Niño has been a challenging one for scientists to answer. A new study suggests while the overall number of El Niños is unlikely to increase, particularly strong “super” El Niños are likely to occur twice as frequently in a warming world. El Niño refers to a pattern of unusually warm water stretc… Read More