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Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

The sick satellite, which engineers are working to fix, is responsible for observing weather systems across the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, and is known as GOES-13, or “GOES East.” It is a geostationary satellite, which means that it stays in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles above the equator, allowing it to keep a consta… Read More

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

When it comes to this year’s drought, it seems like good news never arrives without bad news to match it. Even as drought receded from the Upper Midwest this week, conditions deepened and intensified all across the Southwest. Any optimism that may emerge for crops in the Midwest from this week’s rains is balanced by the dire conditions of pastures … Read More

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2013 hurricane season, which begins on June 1, is likely to be somewhere between active and extremely active, with between 13 and 20 named storms – those with sustained winds above 39 m.p.h. By comparison, in 2012 — the year of Isaac and Sandy — there were 19 named storms … Read More

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