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Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously estimated. The study, to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to use an aircraft to directly sample the air downwind of natural gas and oil wells i… Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

The best thing to protect property from the sea is a sand dune – or a mangrove swamp, or a coral reef, kelp forest or sea grass meadow. Nature, which has been doing the job for three billion years, has had time to work out the surest and most enduring sea defenses, according to U.S. researchers. Katie Arkema of the Natural Capital Project at … Read More

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

As the world warms, we see more large wildfires, a likely rise in hurricane strength, frequency, and new ice islands.… Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

Incident Meteorologists Are on Front Lines of Wildfires

As one of 85 specially-trained incident meteorologists, or IMETs, within the National Weather Service, Wallman has knowledge of “microscale” weather forecasting, including anticipating the highly localized and chaotic winds in the vicinity of individual thunderstorms. Importantly, like other IMETs at the agency, Wallman also has expertise in fi… Read More

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Satellite Provides Clues About Deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

Weather is the prime suspect behind the firefighters' deaths, with gusty and highly variable winds fanning the flames in multiple directions on Sunday afternoon as group of thunderstorms approached the fire. The University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies published a blog post on Monday that, like a detecti… Read More

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Climate Context Behind the Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The Yarnell Hill fire, like other wildfires in the West right now, is taking place in the context of one of the most extreme heat waves on record in the region, as well as a long-running drought that may have some ties to manmade global warming.… Read More