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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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Rain a ‘Start’ for Calif., But Drought Entrenched

Rain a ‘Start’ for Calif., But Drought Entrenched

The good news is that recent rain has finally started to chip away at the severe precipitation deficits the state is facing. The bad news is that most of California is still in a deep drought and it’s going to take a long time to fully recover. Or, to quote the summary from Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor update: “Cautious optimism, but still a… Read More

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change. The three groups, from the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, each using a different method, found that Europe… Read More

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

With November’s temperature numbers in the books, 2014 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded, newly released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show. During the month, the patterns that have been in place for much of the year held fast: While the eastern U.S. was plunged into a deep freeze, the world… Read More

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

California began its fourth year of drought in October because of several winter wet seasons that turned out to be painstakingly dry, so clearly it needs all the rain it can get. But the situation is more complicated than that: So much rain at once can cause dangerous flooding (already being documented on social media) and landslides, meaning a lot… Read More

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Typhoon Hagupit is the whopping fifth storm to reach Category 5 strength in the West Pacific ocean basin this year. That number of top-strength storms has been fueled, in part, by the exceptionally warm waters that have been in place across parts of the Pacific — warmth that, along with that from other ocean basins, is setting 2014 on a track to be… Read More

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Another Atlantic hurricane season has come to a close, and with it comes the continuation of a remarkable streak: The U.S. hasn’t seen a major hurricane make landfall within its borders in nine years. The last to do so was Hurricane Wilma, which hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane on Oct. 24, 2005. Yes, Sandy ripped over the East Coast to the… Read More

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

The tongues of ice that stick out from and help to buttress the frozen expanse of Antarctica are increasingly under assault from warm ocean waters invading from below, potentially impact global sea level rise a new study says. That warm water intrusion eats away at the parts of Antarctica’s glaciers that flow into and float atop coastal waters.… Read More

WMO Warns Lima Delegates 2014 May Be Hottest Year

WMO Warns Lima Delegates 2014 May Be Hottest Year

As negotiators at the latest global climate meeting gather this week in Lima, Peru, to hammer out a new international agreement to limit emissions of the greenhouse gases fueling global warming, they are receiving a stark reminder of that warming. With less than a month to go, 2014 is in the running to become the warmest year on record, the World… Read More

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

While a Nor’easter is currently causing misery from Washington, D.C., to Boston, in the form of rain and snow on the busiest travel day of the year, another, perhaps more welcome, storm is set to hit the West Coast later this holiday weekend. That storm is expected to bring desperately needed rains and snow to parts of California. The state has… Read More

Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ve seen the crazy pictures of the massive snowfall in the Buffalo area. The snow, which reached a staggering 7 feet in the worst-hit areas, came thanks to two bouts of lake effect snow set off when frigid Arctic air swept over still-warm Lake Erie. The air sopped up moisture from the lake and dum… Read More

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

The plight of Buffalo, socked in under feet upon feet of snow, has entranced the country. Social media lit up with mind-boggling pictures of the snow-buried landscape, from hundreds of cars trapped on the highway to doorways blocked by walls of snow. And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are… Read More

2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

A surge of Arctic air has left much of the continental U.S. shivering in unusually bitter November cold. But this early foray into winter weather is just a small blip in the overall global picture, which is of a warming world that is still on track to see 2014 set the mark for hottest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Read More

Picture This: Cold, Cold, Cold (And Some Snow)

Picture This: Cold, Cold, Cold (And Some Snow)

There was really only one weather story this week: Cold, cold, and more cold. With some snow thrown in here and there for good measure. That cold, of course, was the result of a massive outbreak of Arctic air over most of the United States to the east of the Rockies. … Read More

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

A bolt of lightning flashes through the sky and hits the ground somewhere around the world about 100 times every second. That’s 8 million lightning strikes in a single day. Now, a new study finds that lightning strikes could flash through the sky even more often than that as the planet warms, at least over the continental U.S. For years scientists … Read More

7 Images That Tell the Story of the Arctic Outbreak

7 Images That Tell the Story of the Arctic Outbreak

It started with a typhoon in the Western Pacific and will end with unseasonably cold temperatures across a vast swath of the country east of the Rocky Mountains. The invasion of frigid Arctic air began on Monday, when temperatures began plummeting, first across the Northern Plains, and then bleeding southward as the Arctic air plowed over the… Read More

Picture This: Holey Clouds, Fireballs & Fall in Full Force

Picture This: Holey Clouds, Fireballs & Fall in Full Force

The week held some interesting sky surprises, in the form of strange-looking holes in the clouds and fireballs streaking through the night sky. A typhoon also reached ferocious strength, before weakening as it moved northward, where it will causes a chain reaction that affects the weather half a world away. And of course, we can't forget the… Read More

Waiting for El Niño. Still. Again.

Waiting for El Niño. Still. Again.

The climate phenomenon known as El Niño, which can alter weather patterns around the globe, still isn’t here. Eight months and counting . . . And there’s the possibility that it might not form at all, which should not come as a surprise given the tease it’s been. Consider: March: The first watch was issued, with a 50 percent chance it would arrive… Read More

2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California’s History

2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California’s History

Book it: This year will go down as the hottest in California’s history. With just two months left in the year, there’s a better than 99 percent chance that 2014 will be the warmest year on record for California, according to National Weather Service meteorologists. The state has been baking in above-average temperatures all year — setting a… Read More

Picture This: Amazing Antarctic & Halloween Treats

Picture This: Amazing Antarctic & Halloween Treats

The weather news this week was of course dominated by remembrances of Hurricane Sandy and the impact it is still having on rebuilding and resiliency efforts, as well as climate research. A brewing storm that could bring snow to parts of the East was also much Tweeted about. But the most impressive pictures came from weather and climate-related even… Read More

Snow! Or Not. Why Snow Is Hard to Forecast

Snow! Or Not. Why Snow Is Hard to Forecast

Maybe you saw the maps making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere on the web: “Snow!” some shouted. Inches of it blanketing the Northeast this weekend, thanks to a brewing storm. Maybe you also saw the responses from seasoned meteorologists warning those projections should be taken with a healthy grain of rock salt.… Read More

Cold Winters in Europe, Asia Linked to Sea Ice Decline

Cold Winters in Europe, Asia Linked to Sea Ice Decline

In the latest study to look at the possible connection between the precipitous decline of Arctic sea ice and extreme weather over the Northern Hemisphere, researchers found that cold winters over Europe and Asia were twice as likely thanks to sea ice decline in a particular part of the Arctic. The proposed connection between the precipitous declin… Read More

Picture This: Wavy Clouds & A Gnarly Nor’easter

Picture This: Wavy Clouds & A Gnarly Nor’easter

Well the nor'easter that lashed the Northeast this week is finally over, though it made for some pretty awesome satellite images. And it wasn't the only weather or sky event that made for pretty pictures. A partial solar eclipse, some rare clouds and even last weekend's Hurricane Gonzalo also yielded some images that will make you "oooh" and "aaah.… Read More

What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?

What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?

California really needs this winter to be a wet one. The state is now at the beginning of the fourth year of one if its worst droughts on record. The drought has been fueled by a spate of disappointing winter rainy seasons that have left meager snowpacks and diminished reservoir levels, combined with record-warm temperatures that have driven… Read More

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

The "odds are good" that 2014 will be the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.… Read More

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

Picture This: Seasonal Rainbows & A Monster Hurricane

The big news in weather this week was the sudden surge of storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention a fairly rare tropical storm heading Hawaii’s way). The star of the cyclone show has been Hurricane Gonzalo, the first Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since 2011. But there was of course weather news outside of the tropics, from… Read More