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Risks of Hurricane Sandy-like Surge Events Rising

Risks of Hurricane Sandy-like Surge Events Rising

Timothy M. Hall, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, and Adam Sobel, a researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Observatory, set out to investigate how common Hurricane Sandy’s impact angle was under static climate conditions. Given that global average temperatures are rising, their findings supp… Read More

Nuclear Snow? Power Plant Yields Snow in Pennsylvania

Nuclear Snow? Power Plant Yields Snow in Pennsylvania

You've probably heard of lake-effect snow and ocean-effect snow, but now you should add "nuclear snow" to the list of strange winter weather phenomena. As the Midwest and East shivers under a bitterly cold air mass, waste heat given off from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport generated a narrow band of snow. Up to an inch of sn… Read More

Greenland’s Ice Sheet More Stable Than Once Believed

Greenland’s Ice Sheet More Stable Than Once Believed

The enormous sheets of ice that lie atop Greenland may not be as prone to catastrophic melting as many scientists thought, even if the planet continues to warm and temperatures remain high for hundreds of years. But while that may sound like good news, new evidence also suggests that parts of the even vaster ice sheets that lie atop Antarctica … Read More

Frigid Air Grips Big Part of U.S.; Is There A Tropical Link?

Frigid Air Grips Big Part of U.S.; Is There A Tropical Link?

On Tuesday afternoon, the heart of the cold air mass was located over the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, extending eastward into northern New England. In Duluth, the temperature failed to rise above -10°F on Monday, and on Tuesday temperatures were even lower in northern Minnesota, with International Falls reaching -30°F, with a wind chill in t… Read More

Scientist: East Coast Cities are ‘Sitting Ducks’ for Storms

Scientist: East Coast Cities are ‘Sitting Ducks’ for Storms

Cities on the United States east coast are "sitting ducks" for the next big storm because of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, one of Barack Obama's top scientists warned on Tuesday. Marcia McNutt, who last week announced her resignation as director of the U.S. Geological Survey, told a conference … Read More

Rogue Geoengineering Could ‘Hijack’ World’s Climate

Rogue Geoengineering Could ‘Hijack’ World’s Climate

The world's climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).… Read More

Climate Change Moves to Forefront in Obama’s Address

Climate Change Moves to Forefront in Obama’s Address

"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," Obama said. He made a carefully calibrated appeal to Republicans, situating a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in a religious and conservative framework of God and constitution.… Read More

Stratospheric Phenomenon Is Bringing Frigid Cold to U.S

Stratospheric Phenomenon Is Bringing Frigid Cold to U.S

Starting on Jan. 6, temperatures in the stratosphere, which is the thin layer of air above the troposphere where most weather takes place, increased sharply, a hallmark of a phenomenon known to meteorologists as a “sudden stratospheric warming event.”… Read More