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Andrea Thompson is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central, focusing on extreme weather and climate change. Previously, Andrea was a writer and reporter for Live Science and Space.com, reporting on climate change, weather and other science-related topics. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2004 and a Master's in the same subject in 2006. She attended the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006.

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2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century. Coming immediately after the warmest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.… Read More

Scientists Pore Over Warm West, Cold East Divide

Scientists Pore Over Warm West, Cold East Divide

From blooming flowers to twittering birds, the signs of spring are popping up, and the miseries of winter becoming a distant memory for many. But not for some climate scientists. The curiosity of a growing group of researchers has been piqued by the tenacious temperature divide that has separated East from West over the past two winters, as a… Read More

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

Over the next few months, the globe might see an uptick in tropical cyclone activity thanks to an El Niño that is showing signs of asserting itself more forcefully. That doesn’t mean more hurricanes everywhere, though: While El Niño tends to boost activity in the Pacific Ocean, it clamps down on storm formation in the tropical Atlantic. That link … Read More

Calif. Continues to Shatter Temperature Records

Calif. Continues to Shatter Temperature Records

The dubious records keep piling up for California, a state wracked by four years of drought brought on by a pernicious weather pattern that has kept rains a bay and exacerbated by human-induced warming. Just one week after the state measured its lowest-ever snowpack, U.S. scientists have announced that the year so far has been the warmest on record… Read More

Bleak California Snowpack ‘Obliterates’ Record Low

Bleak California Snowpack ‘Obliterates’ Record Low

April 1 is supposed to mark the high point of California’s snowpack. It’s when officials estimate how much water they’re going to see flowing into reservoirs as winter’s snow melts during the spring and summer. But after this hot, dry winter, there wasn’t much to measure, and the snowpack came in at a shocking 6 percent of normal — an all-time… Read More

Antarctica’s Record High Temp Bodes Ill for Ice

Antarctica’s Record High Temp Bodes Ill for Ice

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming spots on the planet, but in recent days, a stubborn weather pattern sent temperatures skyrocketing there, setting a record high for the continent. While the event that set the mercury soaring — called a Chinook, or foehn wind — isn’t unusual for the region, it does seem to be increasing with… Read More

Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Over the past two decades, the massive platforms of floating ice that dot the coast of Antarctica have been thinning and doing so at an increasing rate, likely at least in part because of global warming. Scientists are worried about its implications for significant sea level rise. The ice shelves — some of which are larger than California and… Read More

Climate Work Highlighted on World Meteorological Day

Climate Work Highlighted on World Meteorological Day

The United Nations agency responsible for comprehensively tracking the planet’s weather and climate system has once again raised its voice to add to the chorus proclaiming the exceptional warmth that pervaded the planet as a whole last year, along with many particular regions and countries. A new report released Monday by the World Meteorological… Read More

Warm Spring Expected for West, Flooding Risk in East

Warm Spring Expected for West, Flooding Risk in East

Spring has sprung, but for parts of the country the season will be a hangover of winter’s extremes: The West looks to stay stuck in hot, dry conditions, and eastern areas walloped by snowstorms could see flooding if the snow on the ground melts too quickly. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its outlook for spring weather… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak

It’s official: When the sea ice that blankets the Arctic Ocean hit its peak it yearly peak on Feb. 25, and maximum area it achieved was a record low, the National Snow & Ice Data Center announced Thursday. Warm temperatures in parts of the polar regions kept sea ice levels depressed, and also contributed to the winter peak occurring much earlier… Read More

Two Months In and 2015 Is Record Warm

Two Months In and 2015 Is Record Warm

We may only be two months into 2015, but already the year is burning up the charts, setting up the possibility that it could topple 2014’s newly minted record for hottest year. Together, January and February were the warmest such period on record, according to global data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.… Read More

Experimental Forecast Projects Tornado Season

Experimental Forecast Projects Tornado Season

The 2011 tornado season wasn’t supposed to happen, not in our modern era of advanced technology and storm warnings. Those warnings had led to a steady drop in the death tolls as people received more accurate information and earlier warnings than in the past. But the 1,691 tornadoes in 2011 — the second most for any season going back to the 1950s… Read More

‘Twin’ Cyclones Could Jolt Weak El Nino

‘Twin’ Cyclones Could Jolt Weak El Nino

Weather geeks have been fixated this week on an unusual meteorological phenomenon over the Pacific Ocean: Two tropical cyclones are spinning directly across the equator from each other. But these “twin” cyclones aren’t just a satellite spectacle, they could give a jolt to the weak El Niño that was officially declared by U.S. forecasters last week… Read More

Summer Heat Waves May be Linked to Arctic Warming

Summer Heat Waves May be Linked to Arctic Warming

Before the summer of 2010, Moscow had never recorded a triple-digit temperature, with records going back to 1879. But during a weeks-long heat wave that June and July, the city’s temperatures soared well above normal, setting an all-time record high of 102°F on July 30. A new study suggests that Arctic warming could have helped trigger that epic… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

While balmy hints of spring melt piles of snow in the eastern U.S., the impending end of winter marks peak season for Arctic sea ice. But this year, that winter maximum area is currently on track to hit a record low since satellite records began in 1979. What that low-ice mark means for the spring and summer melting seasons is unclear, but the… Read More

Once Again, A Record-Hot Winter for California

Once Again, A Record-Hot Winter for California

As Yogi Berra famously said, “it’s déjà vu all over again.” While much of the eastern U.S. digs out from yet another snow and ice storm, the West has capped off a decidedly toasty winter. In fact, California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington each saw their hottest winter on record, according to data released Friday by the National Climatic… Read More

After Much Ado, El Niño Officially Declared

After Much Ado, El Niño Officially Declared

Just when everyone had pretty much written it off, the El Niño event that has been nearly a year in the offing finally emerged in February and could last through the spring and summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. This isn’t the blockbuster El Niño many anticipated when the first hints of an impending… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it more susceptible to melting, potentially altering local ecosystems, shipping routes and ocean and atmospheric patterns.… Read More

A February First: CO2 Levels Pass 400 PPM Milestone

A February First: CO2 Levels Pass 400 PPM Milestone

With only one day left in the month, it’s basically official: February’s average carbon dioxide level will be above 400 parts per million, a marker of how much of the greenhouse gas is accumulating in the atmosphere thanks to human emissions. Last year, the monthly average didn’t go above the 400 ppm mark until April, which was the first month in… Read More

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

From San Diego to Seattle, February has looked — and felt — a lot more like April. Flowers that normally wouldn’t start to bud until well into spring have already started to blossom and grow. Residents have been walking around in t-shirts and shorts, a rarity even for Southern California winters. “Winter has seemed to have completely forgotten… Read More

2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

The warmth that led 2014 to become the hottest year on record has continued into 2015, with this January ranking as the second hottest January on record globally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. “I think it is safe to say that the warmth so far in 2015 really is a continuation of the warmth in 2014,” NOAA… Read More

Sea Ice Still Declining, Despite Antarctica’s Gains

Sea Ice Still Declining, Despite Antarctica’s Gains

When Antarctica grabbed headlines last year because of record-high sea ice levels circling the southernmost continent, it created confusion. Its increase was so at odds with the trend of dwindling sea ice, particularly in the Arctic, that it prompted those skeptical of the science of climate change to suggest it meant ocean ice is not disappearing.… Read More

Cold Air Invasion Coming: What’s the Role of Warming?

Cold Air Invasion Coming: What’s the Role of Warming?

Get ready for the invasion — of cold air. Temperatures are set to drop to levels that are low even for the middle of winter across the eastern U.S. starting Thursday and again over the weekend as Arctic air makes repeated surges southward. Temperatures Sunday morning could be below freezing as far south as Florida. This pattern may sound familiar t… Read More

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

The hose has been turned back on full-force over Northern California: A stream of moisture is flowing over the drought-riddled state and dropping copious rains just days after the close of one of the driest Januarys on record. The influx of much-needed rain comes courtesy of a feature called an atmospheric river that is a key source of much of the… Read More

What If Sandy’s Surge Swamped Washington, D.C.?

What If Sandy’s Surge Swamped Washington, D.C.?

New Yorkers weren’t the only ones shocked and alarmed as Hurricane Sandy pushed a wall of water into the city, funneling the harbor into streets and sending torrents cascading into subways. More than 200 miles to the south, officials in Washington, D.C., were watching and imagining their city in New York’s shoes. Officials with the Metro, jolted by… Read More

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