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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

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

More than halfway through the state's wet season and the Sierra Nevada snowcap all but non-existent, California's prospects for making up its precipitation deficit are slim. The snowcap will yield precious little water and the state would need to get about a foot or more of rain in the next two months to make up the difference. Forecasts are not of… 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: 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

Six Degrees: Emissions, Explosions, Fires & More

Six Degrees: Emissions, Explosions, Fires & More

Six photos show the top climate news from this week around the globe. … Read More

California Drought Expands, Fueling Heat and Fire

California Drought Expands, Fueling Heat and Fire

California is coming off it’s driest year on record, and the drought looks to be getting worse according to numbers released on Thursday. Amid the rising drought woes, a wildfire has exploded outside of Los Angeles while record temperatures have spread across a large portion of the state. A new update to the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that severe … Read More

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest

As a Thanksgiving-eve storm, which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday, comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. This snow cover is likely to play a big role in helping to usher in a wave of potentially historically cold air during the week after… Read More

Electricity Generated Using Solar Mirrors to Double in 2013

Electricity Generated Using Solar Mirrors to Double in 2013

U.S. solar thermal energy generating capacity is set to more than double by the end of 2013, with several large solar power plants scheduled to begin operating soon in Arizona and California, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced in a report Thursday.… Read More