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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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UK Forecasters: More Warming in Store Over Next 5 Years

UK Forecasters: More Warming in Store Over Next 5 Years

Earth’s temperature will continue its steady climb thanks to global warming over the next five years, with 2016 likely to rival 2015 as the warmest year on record, according to an experimental forecast released this week by the U.K. Met Office. With its latest annual effort at what is known as decadal forecasting, the Met Office is predicting that … Read More

Warming Ups Odds And Costs of Extreme U.K. Rains

Warming Ups Odds And Costs of Extreme U.K. Rains

Parts of southern England and Wales were swamped with storm after storm after storm during the winter of 2013-2014, as roads turned into streams and fields into lakes. The relentless rains flooded thousands of homes and businesses and cost more than $700 million in damages. It was both the wettest January and the wettest winter ever measured at the… Read More

El Niño Is Here, So Why Is California Still in Drought?

El Niño Is Here, So Why Is California Still in Drought?

A parade of El Niño-fueled storms has marched over California in the last few weeks, bringing bouts of much needed rain and snow to the parched state. But maps of drought conditions there have barely budged, with nearly two-thirds of the state still in the worst two categories of drought. So what gives? The short answer, experts say, is that the… Read More

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

In case you haven’t heard, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, are about to get walloped by a major storm that could bury the city in a record-breaking amount of snow. The storm is expected to bring snows that could top 2 feet in the D.C. area and has already resulted in thousands of cancelled flights. While snows may not… Read More

2015 Shatters Hottest Year Mark; 2016 Hot on its Heels?

2015 Shatters Hottest Year Mark; 2016 Hot on its Heels?

It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year on record, beating out 2014 by the widest margin in 136 years of record keeping, U.S. government agencies announced Wednesday. But this new record may not stand for long, as one of the strongest El Niños ever measured combines with the continued warming of the planet to potentially push 2016 to yet another… Read More

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

If you’d asked permafrost researcher Vladimir Romanovsky five years ago if he thought the permafrost of the North Slope of Alaska was in danger of substantial thaw this century because of global warming, he would’ve said no. The permanently frozen soils of the northern reaches of the state are much colder, and so more stable than the warmer, more… Read More

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

It looks like this El Niño — which will rank among the strongest on record — has passed its peak in terms of tropical ocean temperatures, but it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, the biggest El Niño impacts on the U.S. are probably still to come. The country has already started to feel the influence of El Niño with a recent spate of storms… Read More

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

December Heat Boosts 2015 to 2nd Warmest Year for U.S.

2015 is officially in the books as the second-hottest year ever recorded for the U.S., with a major boost provided by the incredible warmth that bathed the eastern half of the country in December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. That second-place finish comes as both NOAA and NASA are expected to announce… Read More

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

Two Charts Show December’s Crazy Warmth

If you live in the eastern half of the U.S., you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that it has been ridiculously warm this month. Just how warm is illustrated by two eye-popping charts that show there have been more than 20 times as many daily heat records as cold ones this month and that nearly a third of the Lower 48 has seen temperatures… Read More

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

It has been ridiculously warm across the eastern half of the country this month, with many spots likely to see their warmest December on record. New York City may reach as high as 72°F on Christmas Eve. Washington D.C. is forecast to reach the mid-70s, and Miami the mid-80s. One of the factors behind this decidedly un-Christmas-like weather is a… Read More

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida stuck out like a sore thumb on U.S. temperature maps this year, the lone bright orange spot in the sea of blue that dominated the eastern half of the country for most of the year. And after particularly sultry November weather that has bled into December, it is likely to see its hottest year on record — the only state east of the… Read More

Historic Photos Paint Picture of Greenland Ice Loss

Historic Photos Paint Picture of Greenland Ice Loss

A picture is worth a thousand words, or, in the case of the Greenland Ice Sheet, maybe a thousand scientific measurements. A group of scientists has used a trove of historic aerial photos of the periphery of the ice sheet to estimate how much ice it lost over the course of the 20th century, before detailed satellite observations… Read More

Arctic Gets Check-Up: Temperature Highest on Record

Arctic Gets Check-Up: Temperature Highest on Record

The Arctic has just received its yearly checkup from a group of international scientists, and the patient isn’t looking well. The region continues to be one of the fastest warming on the planet — from October 2014 to September 2015 it had the warmest average temperature on record going back to 1900 as the planet heads toward its… Read More

Heat, Humidity Combine to Threaten Millions in Future

Heat, Humidity Combine to Threaten Millions in Future

By later this century, parts of the world where the population is expected to rise the most will experience an increase in the worst heat events — those where sky-high temperatures combine with oppressive humidity to hit the limits of the human capacity to cope, scientists announced here Monday at the annual conference of the American Geophysical … Read More

Extreme UK Rains More Likely With Warming

Extreme UK Rains More Likely With Warming

Over this past weekend, a major storm swept across the U.K. and dumped torrential amounts of rain in some spots — the more than 13 inches that fell in one location in northwest England even set a national 24-hour rainfall record. Just days later, a real-time analysis by scientists working with Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program… Read More

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

Autumn Was Warmest on Record For Lower 48

For those living in the eastern half of the country, this may come as no surprise. This autumn was the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S., with every state in the Lower 48 recording above-average temperatures from September through November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday. For the year-to-date, this… Read More

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Up to a quarter of the permafrost that lies just under the ground surface in Alaska could thaw by the end of the century, releasing long-trapped carbon that could make its way into the atmosphere and exacerbate global warming, a new study finds. The study, detailed in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, maps where that near-surface… Read More

Global Warming Key Driver of 2015’s Record Heat

Global Warming Key Driver of 2015’s Record Heat

It is virtually certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, with one of the strongest El Ninos ever recorded combining with manmade warming to send global temperatures soaring. But which of these is more responsible for the record heat this year? Global warming fueled by the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere is the… Read More

Forecasters Say U.S. Faces an El Niño-Dominated Winter

Forecasters Say U.S. Faces an El Niño-Dominated Winter

It’s looking to be an El Niño-dominated winter across much of the U.S., as the truly impressive event this year makes forecasters more confident that the climate phenomenon’s impacts will show up this coming season. In its monthly update of the seasonal outlook, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters on Thursday held steady … Read More

U.S. Agencies Agree: October Was Crazy Warm

U.S. Agencies Agree: October Was Crazy Warm

On the heels of the news from NASA that October’s global temperature this year spiked more than any other month in 135 years, virtually assuring that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that their data showed similarly remarkable numbers. The arresting October heat is a … Read More

Incredible October Warmth Guarantees Record Hot 2015

Incredible October Warmth Guarantees Record Hot 2015

It’s about as sure a bet as you can make: 2015 is going to be the warmest year on record. Month after month this year, above-average — and sometimes record — global temperatures have piled up, raising the odds that this year will be the hottest one humanity has ever experienced. And now October has blown those records out of the water. According to… Read More

Once Stable Greenland Glacier Facing Rapid Melt

Once Stable Greenland Glacier Facing Rapid Melt

For years, much of the concern about the melting of Greenland’s massive ice sheet has been focused on the massive retreat of glaciers in the island’s southeast and west, fueled by climate change. Those in its colder, drier northeast corner were thought to be stable. But a new study detailed in the journal Science shows that two of those glaciers … Read More

8 Western States Have Warmest Year So Far

8 Western States Have Warmest Year So Far

For eight western U.S. states, this has been the warmest year on record through October, according to new temperature data released Friday, and several of those states are likely to continue that record to year’s end. The Lower 48 as a whole is also trending hot, and could see the year end up among the 10 warmest in more than 120 years of records.… Read More

Bitterly Cold Winters Less Likely for East Coast

Bitterly Cold Winters Less Likely for East Coast

The relentless bitter cold the U.S. East Coast faced during the winter of 2013-2014 is becoming increasingly rare — possibly 20 to 100 times less likely to occur because of warming, a study released Thursday said. But no warming connection could be found to the repeated snowstorms that painted the East Coast white during that same winter, another … Read More

Attribution Studies Home in on Climate Change Signal

Attribution Studies Home in on Climate Change Signal

From Hawaii’s flurry of hurricanes, to record high sea ice in Antarctica, and a heat wave that cooked the Australian Open like shrimp on a barbie, 2014 saw some wild weather. How much of that was tied to climate change is what scientists around the world tried to answer in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’s annual attribution… Read More

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