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For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

From San Diego to Seattle, February has looked — and felt — a lot more like April. Flowers that normally wouldn’t start to bud until well into spring have already started to blossom and grow. Residents have been walking around in t-shirts and shorts, a rarity even for Southern California winters. “Winter has seemed to have completely forgotten… Read More

Dry or Snowy? Winter Weather Splits the U.S.

Dry or Snowy? Winter Weather Splits the U.S.

Snow, snow, and more snow. That’s what’s been dominating the headlines the past few weeks. However, other than the most recent winter storm that cut across the middle of the country and cut up along the East Coast, it’s really only a small area of the U.S. that is getting pounded with such high amounts of snow — yes, that’s you coastal New England.… Read More

Whiteout? Map Shows Last Time All 50 States Had Snow

Whiteout? Map Shows Last Time All 50 States Had Snow

Boston probably has enough snow for the rest of the country. But the last time all 50 states shared in Massachusetts' snowy fortune (or misfortune depending on how you feel about it) was five years ago this week.… Read More

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains. Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any drought seen in at least the past 1,000 years and the effects could reverberate for urban dwellers and farmers across the regions. The 1930s Dus… Read More

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

The hose has been turned back on full-force over Northern California: A stream of moisture is flowing over the drought-riddled state and dropping copious rains just days after the close of one of the driest Januarys on record. The influx of much-needed rain comes courtesy of a feature called an atmospheric river that is a key source of much of the… Read More

A Country Divided by Seasons and Warming

A Country Divided by Seasons and Warming

The U.S. is no stranger to differences among its sometimes bickering states, so perhaps it’s no surprise that even global warming finds itself with some regional rivalries. A Climate Central analysis of regional and seasonal temperature differences in the contiguous U.S. since 1970 reveals a country divided along temperature lines, just as it is i… Read More

After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

Two steps forward, one-and-a-half steps back: That’s been the story of the tenacious California drought lately. After a torrent of rains in December made a small dent in the deep, statewide drought, the faucet has turned off, and some areas have relapsed back into ‘exceptional’ drought, the worst drought category recognized by the U.S Drought … Read More

Picture This: So Cold It Snowed in Florida

Picture This: So Cold It Snowed in Florida

So. It got pretty cold this week. How cold? It snowed in Florida. But snow wasn’t the only sign of winter, as temperatures and wind chills plummeted across much of the country as Arctic air surged southward, leading to some stunning maps, teeth-chattering sights and some serious bundling up. But that cold was offset by some record warm temperature… Read More