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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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Missing: One Year’s Worth of California Rain

Missing: One Year’s Worth of California Rain

The amount of rain that California has missed out on since the beginning of its record-setting drought in 2012 is about the same amount it would see, on average, in a single year, a new study has concluded. The study’s researchers pin the reason for the lack of rains, as others have, on the absence of the intense rainstorms ushered in by so-called… Read More

What Warming Means for 4 of Summer’s Worst Pests

What Warming Means for 4 of Summer’s Worst Pests

Summer may mean it’s time for outdoor fun in the sun, but it’s also prime time for a number of pests. All that extra time outdoors can bring everything from poison ivy rashes to exposure to Lyme disease from tick bites. And of course there’s that ubiquitous summer menace, the mosquito. With the rising temperatures brought about by global warming… Read More

Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk

Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians thought they knew what areas were susceptible to flooding during a storm. So when Hurricane Isaac, a much weaker storm than Katrina, bore down on the city in 2012, those who live to the west of Lake Pontchartrain weren’t worried, as they had been spared the raging waters that inundated so… Read More

How This El Niño Is And Isn’t Like 1997

How This El Niño Is And Isn’t Like 1997

It was the winter of 1997-1998 when the granddaddy of El Niños — the one by which all other El Niños are judged — vaulted the climate term to household name status. It had such a noticeable impact on U.S. weather that it appeared everywhere from news coverage of mudslides in Southern California to Chris Farley’s legendary skit on “Saturday Night… Read More

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

In what has become a monthly refrain this year, yet another month has set a global temperature record, with June 2015 coming in as the warmest June on record going back to 1880. It follows other record or near-record hot months during the first six months of this year, so there’s a good chance 2015 will take 2014’s place atop the podium as the warm… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Rebounds, But Not Recovering

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Rebounds, But Not Recovering

Over the last few decades, and particularly in recent years, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by a skin of sea ice has steadily shrunk. But it’s not just this extent that matters — the volume of sea ice, which takes into account its thickness, is also important, but traditionally much more difficult to measure. The 2010 launch of the European… Read More

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

As has been seen year after year, the warming of the Earth is causing major changes in many aspects of the planet’s climate, and 2014 was yet another year that showed this trend in stark relief, a report released Thursday says. Numerous records were broken last year, according to the State of the Climate report, an annual checkup of the global… Read More

Heavier Rains Mean More Toxic Blooms for Lake Erie

Heavier Rains Mean More Toxic Blooms for Lake Erie

Come September, Lake Erie might face a toxic algae bloom that could rival the record-setting spread of scum that happened in 2011. And such blooms could become more common as the warming climate fuels more downpours that wash bloom-fueling fertilizers into the lake. The forecast for a severe bloom this year, made in early July by scientists with … Read More

Climate Change Is Increasing Stress on Oceans

Climate Change Is Increasing Stress on Oceans

Climate change is seriously stressing out the oceans. That’s the conclusion of a new study that used measurements of an array of human pressures on the ocean — from acidification to overfishing — to make a map of where those factors combined into stressed-out hotspots, as well as how the combinations of stressors had changed over time. They found… Read More

Warming Waters Fueled Intense Russian Rainstorm

Warming Waters Fueled Intense Russian Rainstorm

The torrential rains that fell on the coastal Black Sea town of Krymsk, Russia, in July 2012 shouldn’t have been possible. In the historical records, there is nothing like the 6.7 inches of rain that fell in the area in less than a day, causing catastrophic flash floods that led to the deaths of more than 170 people. One team of scientists says… Read More

Warming Doubles Chances of European Heat Wave

Warming Doubles Chances of European Heat Wave

If you were in Paris or Madrid as June transitioned to July, you could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to the equator, as temperatures across Western Europe soared over 100°F, toppling records during major sporting events like the Tour de France. The unusually early surge of summer heat was almost certainly affected by the overall… Read More

El Niño Helps Boost Pacific Storm Season

El Niño Helps Boost Pacific Storm Season

Satellite views of the Pacific Ocean right now show an impressive trail of storms, strung like pearls on a necklace across the basin. While the western Pacific in particular is almost always a hotbed of tropical cyclone activity, this current flare-up is linked in part to a robust El Niño event that is showing signs it could continue to strengthen.… Read More

Record Warmth Continues to Bake U.S. West

Record Warmth Continues to Bake U.S. West

The U.S. West is still baking. The temperatures for June are in and five Western states saw their warmest June ever (helping to make the month the second warmest June for the contiguous U.S.), and four continue to see their warmest year-to-date, just as 2015 hits the halfway mark. In drought-plagued California, “we’re beating the record set… Read More

2015 Arctic Sea Ice: How Low Will It Go?

2015 Arctic Sea Ice: How Low Will It Go?

The Fourth of July weekend wasn’t just about fireworks and cookouts, it also marked the end of a key period of summer melt in the Arctic that can determine how low sea ice goes for the year. The floating ice cap has been on a steady downward trajectory for decades, thanks to global warming, and in recent years it has hit record lows with the added … Read More

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Scorching temperatures above 110°F are more often associated with the stark landscapes of places like Death Valley than the cooler reaches of the Pacific Northwest. But a suped-up heat wave has left parts of Washington feeling much more like the desert Southwest and has shattered longstanding high temperature records in many spots. The searing heat… Read More

Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species

Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species

Parts of the Arctic Ocean within the next 10 years could reach levels of ocean acidification that would threaten the ability of marine animals to form shells, new research suggests. Die-offs in such creatures could have ramifications up the food chain in areas that include some of the most productive fisheries in the world and provide a preview… Read More

Extreme Temperatures Linked to Changing Air Patterns

Extreme Temperatures Linked to Changing Air Patterns

Scorching summertime heat waves in Europe, Asia and North America, as well as extreme cold snaps in central Asia, have become more likely because persistent high pressure systems that fuel such events are happening more often, a new study detailed in the journal Nature suggests. The overall warming of the atmosphere that has resulted from the… Read More

Action on Climate Key to Global Health, Reports Say

Action on Climate Key to Global Health, Reports Say

Whether or not the world takes action to combat climate change could make or break public health efforts in the coming decades, a new report from a group of researchers put together by the medical journal The Lancet concludes. The report, released Monday, contains numerous recommendations for national governments and the international community… Read More

Study Suggests Key Role for Warming in Extreme Weather

Study Suggests Key Role for Warming in Extreme Weather

When massive storms inundate coastlines or a veritable snowpocalypse keeps a city buried for days, the first question on many minds is: Was climate change to blame? It may play more of a role than previous studies have suggested, according to scientists who advocate a different approach to searching for the fingerprints of warming in extreme … Read More

Pope’s Encyclical Makes Grade in Climate Science

Pope’s Encyclical Makes Grade in Climate Science

When it comes to the science of climate change, Pope Francis’ environmentally focused encyclical makes the grade, experts said Thursday. Francis makes clear in the document that humanity bears most of the blame for the warming of the planet and he lays out the main findings of climate science -- that greenhouse gases are causing global temperatures… Read More

May Continues Trend of Record Hot 2015

May Continues Trend of Record Hot 2015

On the same day that the Pope releases his much-anticipated message on the need to act on climate change, the U.S. agency in charge of keeping temperature records has announced that 2015 continues to be the warmest year-to-date on record, setting it up to potentially surpass last year as the hottest calendar year. The National Oceanic and… Read More

Pope’s Climate Encyclical: 4 Main Points

Pope’s Climate Encyclical: 4 Main Points

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on climate change and the environment was officially released Thursday, with high expectations that it could be a watershed moment in bolstering support for taking international action to solve what he calls in his message, “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” The text of document… Read More

National Parks Visits Could Rise and Fall as Temps Warm

National Parks Visits Could Rise and Fall as Temps Warm

As the balmier temperatures of spring and summer arrive, the crowds begin to swell at the vast system of national parks and other landmarks spread across the U.S., to the tune of more than 270 million visits a year. The number of people going to witness the eruption of Old Faithful or gawk at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon could go up along with … Read More

What Bill’s Downpours Tell Us About Texas’ Future

What Bill’s Downpours Tell Us About Texas’ Future

Tropical Storm Bill is smashing into the Texas coast, bringing with it storm surge, high winds and, most worryingly, potentially very heavy rains. Eastern Texas is already waterlogged after record-breaking May rainfall, and is expected to see another 4 to 8 inches (and possibly localized spots up to 12 inches), setting up the likelihood of… Read More

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

An Italian newspaper on Monday published a leaked copy of Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited message exhorting humanity to be better stewards of the planet and to combat issues like climate change. The papal letter, or encyclical as it is called, has received considerable attention in environmental, political and climate science communities because… Read More