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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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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

Iconic Keeling Curve Designated a Landmark

Iconic Keeling Curve Designated a Landmark

Landmarks are generally thought of as tangible, physical things, usually involving plaques and lots of marble. But a newly named landmark recognizes something more amorphous: the steady rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that envelops the planet and that is steadily heating the globe. The American Chemical Society has named the graph that… Read More

El Niño Forecast Brings Calif. Hope for Drought Relief

El Niño Forecast Brings Calif. Hope for Drought Relief

El Niño is gaining steam in the Pacific Ocean and forecasters are now leaning towards it being a strong event, the first since the blockbuster El Niño of 1997-1998. That possibility is again raising the collective hopes of Californians that this winter may finally see some desperately needed precipitation to begin the slow climb out of a historic… Read More

Rainy May Sets Record for Soggy U.S.

Rainy May Sets Record for Soggy U.S.

The numbers are in, and the month of May broke a number of records across the U.S. Alaska had its warmest May by a wide margin. California continued to see its warmest year-to-date. And thanks to staggering rains that swamped the Southern Plains, May was the wettest month on record for the contiguous U.S. Total precipitation for the Lower 48 in… Read More

Texas’s Warmer Future: Drought and Heavy Rains?

Texas’s Warmer Future: Drought and Heavy Rains?

The seemingly endless and often torrential rains that deluged Texas and Oklahoma in May are in some ways a harbinger of what the South Central states can expect to see as the world warms. But the region also could be in store for just the opposite – more long bouts of hot, dry days that could cause the Southern Plains to be even more susceptible to… Read More

The Climate Context for India’s Deadly Heat Wave

The Climate Context for India’s Deadly Heat Wave

The broiling heat wave that suffocated parts of India with temperatures regularly above 110°F at the end of May — and killed around 2,000 people in just a few days according to estimates — has finally waned. But the deadly episode has focused world attention on the plight of vulnerable populations during such extreme events and raised questions… Read More

Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture

Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture

The record-breaking drought in California — brought about by a severe lack of precipitation, especially mountain snows — has exacted a $2.7 billion toll on the state’s economy because of agricultural losses, researchers said Tuesday. During a briefing for the California Department of Food & Agriculture, scientists from the University of California … Read More

Warmer Oceans Will Make Typhoons More Intense

Warmer Oceans Will Make Typhoons More Intense

While the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be relatively quiet, thanks to the influence of a healthy El Nino, the typhoon season in the northwest Pacific has been jam-packed so far, even for an area that normally sees the highest tropical cyclone activity and a large proportion of the strongest storms. One of the earliest Category 5 … Read More

El Niño Can Raise Sea Levels Along U.S. Coast

El Niño Can Raise Sea Levels Along U.S. Coast

The El Niño event underway in the Pacific Ocean is impacting temperature and weather patterns around the world. But its effects aren’t confined to the atmosphere: A new study has found that the cyclical climate phenomenon can ratchet up sea levels off the West Coast by almost 8 inches over just a few seasons. The findings have important… Read More

10 Years After Katrina, Slow Hurricane Season Expected

10 Years After Katrina, Slow Hurricane Season Expected

As the 10th anniversary of the busiest hurricane season on record approaches, forecasters and government officials are preparing for the start of the 2015 season. But unlike the 2005 season, which saw an unprecedented 28 storms — including one of the worst, Hurricane Katrina — this season is expected to see fewer than the average number of… Read More

Texas, Oklahoma Drought ‘All But Over’

Texas, Oklahoma Drought ‘All But Over’

While the Western drought has its claws firmly dug in, the nearly five-year drought that has gripped Oklahoma and Texas is on its last legs, thanks to recent torrents of rain, government climate scientists said Thursday. “I think the Texas drought is pretty much all but over,” Victor Murphy, climate services program manager for the National Weather… Read More

Past 12 Months Tied for Warmest on Record

Past 12 Months Tied for Warmest on Record

April capped a 12-month period that tied the warmest such stretch on record, according to data released Tuesday. That period, going back to May 2014, tied the previous record holder, the 12 months from April 2014 to March 2015. Of the 10 warmest 12-month periods on record, nine occurred in the past two years, most of them in back-to-back… Read More

Washington’s ‘Wet Drought’ Gets Worse

Washington’s ‘Wet Drought’ Gets Worse

With its snowpack at abysmal levels and some streams recording record low flows, Washington is perhaps looking at a worse drought than it anticipated even a month ago. The impacts already being seen prompted Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday to expanded an emergency drought declaration to cover the whole state. “We’re really starting to feel the pain from… Read More

May CO2 Peak Shows Trend Is Up, Up, Up

May CO2 Peak Shows Trend Is Up, Up, Up

Any day now, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will reach their annual peak in a cycle driven by the collective inhale and exhale of the world’s plant life. But because of the extra CO2 pumped into the air by human activities, this year’s peak will be higher than last year’s, which was higher than the year before that — a sign of the unabated… Read More

El Niño Gains Momentum, Could Bring Warmest Year

El Niño Gains Momentum, Could Bring Warmest Year

The weak El Niño that has been in place since February seems to be gaining steam, with U.S. forecasters betting it will hang around through the end of the year, increasing the odds that the event could help make 2015 the warmest year on the books. “If El Niño continues to evolve and possibly strengthen throughout the year as the Climate… Read More