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Heavy Rains, Snow Bring First Hint of Good Drought News

Heavy Rains, Snow Bring First Hint of Good Drought News

There was a net decline in all categories of drought across the lower 48 states during the week ending on Feb. 26. Most of the drought relief was confined to the Southeast and Southern Plains. In the Southeast, the total area in moderate drought or worse plummeted from 43.76 percent down to 27.26 percent in just one week.… Read More

Dusty Springs in Asia, Africa Can Increase Snow in Calif.

Dusty Springs in Asia, Africa Can Increase Snow in Calif.

A dusty spring in Asia and Africa can increase snowfall thousands of miles away in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, according to a new study. The process begins when winds stir up tiny particles of dust, pollution, bacteria and heavy metals from the Taklimakan and Gobi deserts in Asia and the Sahara in northern Africa. In a matter of days, … Read More

Ice Bubbles May Solve Carbon-Temperature Paradox

Ice Bubbles May Solve Carbon-Temperature Paradox

Climate scientists have shown over and over that when there’s more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global temperatures are higher. When there’s less, they’re lower. But when they look in more detail, they see something odd. Ancient records locked in the ice covering Antarctica and Greenland seem to show that CO2 starts to rise hundreds of years … Read More

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

Wet Times Are Masking New York’s Real Drought Risk

The last several decades have been the wettest in about the past five centuries for the watershed serving the bustling metropolis of New York City, according to a new study. This wet period is deceiving, because it is masking the city's real drought history and may be lulling water managers into a sense of complacency, which could come back to hurt… Read More

NOAA to Map Alaska’s Increasingly Ice-Free Arctic Waters

NOAA to Map Alaska’s Increasingly Ice-Free Arctic Waters

And as sea ice recedes, said NOAA Coast Survey director Rear Admiral Gerd Glang in a press release, “vessel traffic is on the rise.” The world as a whole is warming due to heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions, but the Arctic is warming faster than average thanks to something called “Arctic Amplification."… Read More

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

The cuts, also known as the "sequester," will take effect unless Congress reaches a new spending deal by Friday. The sequester would chop 8.2 percent from the operating budgets of most federal agencies. This would result in a $551 million cut to the Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).… Read More

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

Solar Forecasts Could Help Electric Utilities and Climate

It’s even more important to electric utilities that want to tap into solar power as a non-polluting, climate-friendly alternative to the coal- or gas-fired power plants that spew heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to warm the globe. Solar is certainly better for the climate, but as Drobot explained, it can also be risky to count on.… Read More

How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon

How Beijing is Shaping the Future of the Amazon

The Amazon basin is now China’s No.1 supplier of natural resources, replacing its Asian neighbors as their resources have become depleted. In a relatively short time, China has become Brazil’s major trading partner, overtaking the U.S. and Europe. But China’s voracious demand for iron ore and timber, as well as soy and beef, is not only fuelling de… Read More