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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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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

CO2 Nears Peak: Are We Permanently Above 400 PPM?

CO2 Nears Peak: Are We Permanently Above 400 PPM?

Just three years ago this month, the carbon dioxide monitoring station atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa reached a significant milestone: the first measurement of CO2 concentrations that exceeded the benchmark of 400 parts per million (ppm). Now, they may never again dip below it. As CO2 levels once again approach their annual apex, they have reached… Read More

See Earth’s Temperature Spiral Toward 2°C

See Earth’s Temperature Spiral Toward 2°C

The steady rise of Earth’s temperature as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and trap more and more heat is sending the planet spiraling closer to the point where warming’s catastrophic consequences may be all but assured. That metaphoric spiral has become a literal one in a new graphic drawn up by Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the… Read More

Second Warmest Start to the Year on Record for U.S.

Second Warmest Start to the Year on Record for U.S.

While the weather is chilly and rainy along much of the East Coast, the Lower 48 as a whole is having its second hottest year to date, thanks in large part to major western warmth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday. That warmth extended all the way up to Alaska, which is seeing its warmest year on record and … Read More

When the Rains Disappear: Drought Grips Pacific Islands

When the Rains Disappear: Drought Grips Pacific Islands

From the vantage point of a boat bobbing on the deep blue waters of Majuro Lagoon, the encircling shores of the Pacific coral atoll are normally verdant with tropical vegetation. But on a recent sailing excursion with friends, Angela Saunders was struck by how brown and withered the island looked. “The vibrant color of all the trees was gone."… Read More

Warming Means Nicer U.S. Weather, But It Won’t Last

Warming Means Nicer U.S. Weather, But It Won’t Last

As the world has warmed over the past few decades, climate scientists have increasingly sounded the alarm over the potentially catastrophic impacts that warming could have on the world’s weather. But in the U.S., that message may have been lost on most Americans because their day-to-day weather has actually become more pleasant, according to a new… Read More

March Continues Streak of Exceptional Global Warmth

March Continues Streak of Exceptional Global Warmth

As representatives of the world’s nations prepare to gather later this week to sign a landmark agreement to limit the human-caused warming of the planet, global temperature records continue to pile up. Not only was March 2016 handily the warmest March on record, according to data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Read More

New Milestone: Earth Sees 11 Record Hot Months in a Row

New Milestone: Earth Sees 11 Record Hot Months in a Row

The past 11 months have been the hottest such months in 135 years of recordkeeping, a streak that has itself set a record and puts in clear terms just how much the planet has warmed due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. New global temperature data released on Friday by NASA put March at 2.3°F (1.28°C) above the 1951-1980… Read More

Unrelenting Winter Warmth Could Herald Alaska’s Future

Unrelenting Winter Warmth Could Herald Alaska’s Future

The first 100 days of 2016 were record warm for many spots around Alaska, continuing a pattern of warmth that has gripped the state over much of the last three years and looks to continue for at least the next few months. The prolonged period of decidedly unusual balminess — the result of a particular combination of climate factors (and a nudge … Read More

Will La Niña Follow One of the Strongest Ever El Niños?

Will La Niña Follow One of the Strongest Ever El Niños?

Back in November, El Niño reached a fever pitch, vaulting into the ranks of the strongest events on record and wreaking havoc on weather patterns around the world. Now it is beginning to wane as the ocean cools, so what comes next? It’s possible that by next fall, the tropical Pacific Ocean could seesaw into a state that is roughly El Niño’s… Read More

The U.S. Is Experiencing Its Third Warmest Year-to-Date

The U.S. Is Experiencing Its Third Warmest Year-to-Date

With a mild March following a record warm winter, the contiguous U.S. is experiencing its third warmest year-to-date in 135 years of record keeping, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The toasty conditions in the U.S. mirror those of the planet as a whole, which experienced its record… Read More

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