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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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Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk

Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk

They may be small, but krill — tiny, shrimp-like creatures — play a big role in the Antarctic food chain. As climate change warms the Southern Ocean and alters sea ice patterns, though, the area of Antarctic water suitable for krill to hatch and grow could drop precipitously, a new study finds. Most Antarctic krill are found in an area from the … Read More

Study Suggests Earlier Onset of Human-Driven Warming

Study Suggests Earlier Onset of Human-Driven Warming

To fully understand the warming of the planet that is being driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, scientists need to examine the history of climate changes on Earth. Hampering this effort is the fact that direct measurements of temperature and other climate data only go back to about the late 19th century. But by using records kept by the… Read More

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

The staggering rains that swamped some 60,000 houses in southern Louisiana and shattered the previous state rain record are the latest — and perhaps most remarkable — in a string of jaw-dropping rain events across the U.S. over the past year. From South Carolina to Houston to West Virginia and Ellicott City, Md., each instance of extreme rainfall a… Read More

July Makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row

July Makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row

July marked an unprecedented 15th straight record-hot month, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose records go back to 1880. NOAA’s temperature data also confirmed that July was not only the record warmest July ever, but the hottest month ever on record, in agreement with NASA data … Read More

Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

The reign of record hot months in 2016 continues, with last month claiming the title of hottest July on record globally, according to data released by NASA on Monday. The streak means that 2016 is still well on its way to upsetting last year as the hottest year on record. Or as Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies… Read More

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Over the course of more than a decade of research, scientists studying how the steady warming of the planet might impact hurricanes have become fairly certain that such storms will become more intense as the Earth continues to heat up. But they haven’t been able to consistently detect such a trend, despite the clear temperature rise over the past… Read More

2016 Third Warmest for U.S. Through July

2016 Third Warmest for U.S. Through July

In the midst of the dog days of summer, the U.S. is still having its third-hottest year on record through July. The month also saw two states — New Mexico and Florida — clinch their hottest July, while Alaska continued to stay on track for its warmest year in the books. For the contiguous U.S., the year-to-date temperature was 54.3°F (12.4°C), or… Read More

Greenland Melt Could Expose Hazardous Cold War Waste

Greenland Melt Could Expose Hazardous Cold War Waste

When the U.S. military abandoned Camp Century, a complex of tunnels dug into the ice of northwest Greenland, in the mid-1960s, they left behind thousands of tons of waste, including hazardous radioactive and chemical materials. They expected the detritus would be safely entombed in the ice sheet for tens of thousands of years, buried ever deeper… Read More

2015 Set Frenzy of Climate Records

2015 Set Frenzy of Climate Records

The warming of the world’s climate has reached a fever pitch in recent years, causing records to fall like dominoes. In 2015, the planet saw a number of such records set, from the hottest global temperature measured to the largest annual increase in carbon dioxide. Those records — along with numerous other indicators of the considerable change… Read More

Searing Kuwait Temp Could Rank Among World’s Hottest

Searing Kuwait Temp Could Rank Among World’s Hottest

The Middle East is no stranger to scorching heat, but a recent heat wave sent temperatures soaring to heights rare even there. On July 21, Mitrabah, Kuwait, recorded a temperature of 129.2°F (54°C) during the height of the heat wave. If it checks out, that will be the second hottest temperature ever measured in the Eastern Hemisphere. As the world… Read More

Forecast First: Warmer Temps Favored Across Entire U.S.

Forecast First: Warmer Temps Favored Across Entire U.S.

For the next three months, above-normal temperatures are favored across the U.S., from coast to coast and Mexico to Canada, as well as Alaska, according to government forecasts. In archives that go back to 1995, that’s never happened, Dan Collins, a forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center… Read More

Antarctic Peninsula Has Cooled, but Warming Will Win

Antarctic Peninsula Has Cooled, but Warming Will Win

For most of the latter half of the 20th century, the Antarctic Peninsula was one of the fastest-warming places on the planet, with serious repercussions for the local environment, including the spectacular disintegration of a millennia-old ice shelf, and global sea level rise. But a new study detailed Thursday in the journal Nature suggests … Read More

First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temp Records

First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temp Records

The first half of 2016 has blown away temperature records, capped off by a record hot June, once again bumping up the odds that 2016 will be the hottest year on record globally, according to data released Tuesday.… Read More

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Nearly 240 square miles of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, are covered in a scum of blue-green algae that has also traveled down nearby waterways and out to the coastline. The stinking sludge has impacted local ecosystems and the tourism industry and caused Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in the affected… Read More

Oceans Eating Away at Yet Another Part of Antarctica

Oceans Eating Away at Yet Another Part of Antarctica

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming spots on the planet, and it was thought that the rising air temperature was driving the melt of the glaciers along its fringes. But it is actually warm ocean waters that are eating away at the ice along part of its western side, a group of scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science. The… Read More

Warming Is Shifting Around Earth’s Clouds

Warming Is Shifting Around Earth’s Clouds

The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops, exacerbating Earth’s rising temperature, a new study released Monday suggests. The reaction of clouds to a warming atmosphere has been one of the major sources of uncertainty in estimating exactly how much the… Read More

Heat Wave Lifts June to Record Hot Temp for U.S.

Heat Wave Lifts June to Record Hot Temp for U.S.

Thanks in part to the epic heat wave that sent temperatures skyrocketing in the Southwest, last month was the hottest June on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. June was 3.3°F above the 20th century average of 68.5°F, beating the previous record set in 1933 by 0.2°F, according to… Read More

With May Record, Global Temps in ‘New Neighborhood’

With May Record, Global Temps in ‘New Neighborhood’

The last 13 months, including May, have all been record warm, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an unprecedented streak in the record book. The May record came despite an easing in global temperatures from their El Niño-fueled peak, and it increases the likelihood that 2016 will surpass 2015 as the hottest year in … Read More

May Marks One More Record Hot Month for the World

May Marks One More Record Hot Month for the World

The streak continues: May was record warm for the globe, according to NASA data released Monday. It’s now even more likely that 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded, despite the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record. NASA put May at 0.93°C (1.67°F) warmer than the 1951-1980 average for the month, the first month since October … Read More

Recent Deluge in France Boosted By Warming

Recent Deluge in France Boosted By Warming

Relentless rains falling across Europe over the last week caused the waters of the Seine to burst their banks in the heart of Paris and sent flash floods roaring through towns in southern Germany, crushing cars and houses in their path. As the storms clear out and the deadly floodwaters ebb, a team of scientists has analyzed whether such deluges … Read More

Alaska Continues to Bake, on Track For Hottest Year

Alaska Continues to Bake, on Track For Hottest Year

Alaska just can’t seem to shake the fever it has been running. This spring was easily the hottest the state has ever recorded and it contributed to a year-to-date temperature that is more than 10°F (5.5°C) above average, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Lower 48, meanwhile, had its… Read More

Long Overlooked Area of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss

Long Overlooked Area of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss

Over the past few years, the evidence has piled up that glaciers in parts of Antarctica have been melting and retreating at an increasingly worrying — and potentially unstoppable — pace. Now, new research shows that glaciers in a region of West Antarctica that has received relatively little attention to date have lost a considerable amount of ice.… Read More

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but is off to an early start this year. Not only is a storm poised to form off the coast of the Southeast, but the first named storm of the season actually occurred way back in January. Forecasters put the greatest odds on this hurricane season being a near-average one, with smaller chances… Read More

Africa’s Most Vulnerable Face an Even Hotter Future

Africa’s Most Vulnerable Face an Even Hotter Future

Already home to some of the most environmentally vulnerable populations on the planet, Africa looks to increasingly feel the sting of climate change through more frequent, widespread and intense heat waves. Extreme heat that would be considered unusual today could become a yearly occurrence there by mid-century, one new study suggests, and the… Read More

‘99 Percent Chance’ 2016 Will Be Hottest Year

‘99 Percent Chance’ 2016 Will Be Hottest Year

Odds are increasing that 2016 will be the hottest year on the books, as April continued a remarkable streak of record-warm months. Last month was rated as the warmest April on record by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released their data this week. In the temperature annals kept by NOAA, it marked the 12th … Read More