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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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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

Shift to Dry Years May Bring More Drought to California

Shift to Dry Years May Bring More Drought to California

For three years, an area of atmospheric high pressure dubbed the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” parked itself off the West Coast, keeping California hot and dry for month after month and helping to usher in one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. Patterns similar to the ridge are happening more often now than they used to, a new study… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Peak, Again

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Peak, Again

It’s been a winter for the books in the Arctic. Capping off a season of sustained, mind-boggling warm weather and stunted sea ice growth, the annual Arctic sea ice maximum hit its lowest level ever recorded. That marks the second straight year that the winter maximum ice extent set a record low. “I’ve never seen such a warm, crazy winter in the… Read More

Pacific Ocean Pattern Could Predict U.S. Heat Waves

Pacific Ocean Pattern Could Predict U.S. Heat Waves

In the summer of 2012, a series of punishing heat waves roasted a large portion of the U.S. with record-breaking temperatures that helped spawn one of the most widespread and costliest droughts to hit the country in decades. Combined, the blistering temperatures and drought cost some $31.5 billion and led to dozens of deaths. The heat was so… Read More

2015 One for the Climate Record Books

2015 One for the Climate Record Books

The long-term warming of the planet, as well as an exceptionally strong El Niño, led to numerous climate records in 2015, including milestones for global temperatures, carbon dioxide levels and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual State of the Climate Report. “The future is happening now,” WMO Secretary-General… Read More

February, Winter Were Record Warm For Planet

February, Winter Were Record Warm For Planet

The evidence continues to pile up that the last few months have been an exceptionally warm period for the planet. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its global temperature data, which confirmed what NASA numbers had already shown: This February was the warmest February on record and the most … Read More

How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s Weather

How a Monster El Niño Transforms the World’s Weather

From crippling drought in southern Africa to a record number of February tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast, an exceptionally strong El Niño has been making headlines around the globe as it tampers with the world’s weather. While the event has begun its slow decline, those wide-ranging impacts will continue to be felt for weeks and months to come … Read More

February Blows Away Global Heat Record

February Blows Away Global Heat Record

Last month was far and away the hottest February on record for the planet, by a margin that has surprised even the climate scientists who closely monitor global temperature data. It was also the most anomalously warm month Earth has seen in 135 years of NASA record keeping, continuing an astonishing recent streak that could see 2016 set a new … Read More

The Fuel Behind Louisiana’s Torrential Rains, Floods

The Fuel Behind Louisiana’s Torrential Rains, Floods

Neighborhoods have been turned into lakes and roads into streams as record-breaking rain has fallen relentlessly on Louisiana and other parts of the Gulf Coast this week. The deadly flooding and eye-popping rainfall amounts — reaching above 21 inches in the worst hit areas ­— came courtesy of a slow-moving system pulling abundant moisture from the … Read More

Winter Tops Charts As Warmest on Record For U.S.

Winter Tops Charts As Warmest on Record For U.S.

On the heels of a record warm autumn for the contiguous U.S., winter has also topped the temperature charts. The news, announced Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), may come as no surprise for those who experienced summer-like heat waves in Southern California or the often spring-like weather in the Northeast. It… Read More

March Miracle? El Niño-Fueled Storms Return to California

March Miracle? El Niño-Fueled Storms Return to California

El Niño-fueled storms have returned to California, but they won't come close to ending the drought.… Read More

Searing Heat Waves Could Become Annual Threat

Searing Heat Waves Could Become Annual Threat

The scorching, deadly heat waves that today strike only about once every 20 years could become an annual occurrence for more than half the world if nothing is done to curb emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, a new study reported Tuesday. The work, detailed in the journal Climatic Change, also points to the worst heat waves of the future… Read More

Mild Winter Keeps Great Lakes Ice Cover Low

Mild Winter Keeps Great Lakes Ice Cover Low

This week, parts of Oswego County in New York got a stunning 3 feet of lake effect snow. It was a rare event for a February and one that can be pinned to near “rock bottom” ice cover on the Great Lakes, as one scientist put it. Ice cover on the lakes stood at a mere 12 percent as of Feb. 11 (compared to 63 percent at the same time last year) thank… Read More

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