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Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs. In an era of budget cuts that threaten things such as new weather satellites and improved hurricane prediction, … Read More

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates the nation’s fleet of weather satellites, the weather satellite, known as GOES-13, initially malfunctioned at 3:40 AM on Wednesday morning, and an initial recovery procedure was unsuccessful at restoring it to operation.… Read More

Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Knowing how much methane is leaking from the natural gas system is essential to determining the potential climate benefits of natural gas use. Climate Central’s extensive review of the publicly available studies finds that a pervasive lack of measurements makes it nearly impossible to know with confidence what the average methane leak rate is for … Read More

Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

The devastating Moore, Okla., tornado now joins the ranks of America’s strongest and deadliest twisters on record, coming almost exactly two years after a deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo. In trying to make sense of the Moore tornado, here are some of the things we know and don't know about tornadoes, and whether and how climate change may be inf… Read More

Widespread Greenland Melting A Sign of Things to Come

Widespread Greenland Melting A Sign of Things to Come

When 97 percent of Greenland’s ice experienced at least some melting in July 2012, scientists wondered if it was a one-time phenomenon. Now a new study in Geophysical Research Letters indicates it is a sign of things to come and by 2025, there is a 50-50 chance of it happening annually. It’s not clear what the effects of such melting will be: the … Read More

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Around 20 percent of the snow cover in North America’s greatest mountain range has been lost – because of warmer springs in the last three decades. Scientists from the American Geophysical Union and the U.S. Geological Survey report that they had established a pattern of snowfall in the northern and southern Rockies: when the snowpack was large in… Read More

Study Projects Steep Increase in NYC Heat-Related Deaths

Study Projects Steep Increase in NYC Heat-Related Deaths

With global average temperatures increasing in response to manmade emissions of greenhouse gases, the world has already been seeing an uptick in the frequency and severity of deadly extreme heat events, and a decrease in cold weather extremes. A new study looks at how these trends are likely to play out in one iconic city in particular: New York. I… Read More

Rising Temperatures in Europe Leave Ducks Grounded

Rising Temperatures in Europe Leave Ducks Grounded

Most birds are acutely sensitive to changes in temperature. Scientists now say that changes in climate and warmer temperatures in parts of Europe have resulted in the migration patterns of certain birds being radically altered. A study looking at the migration patterns of three species of duck – the goldeneye, goosander and tufted duck – has found… Read More