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How hot will 2020 get? NOAA data shows an even chance of La Nina conditions in the Pacific

After several months of hovering above average, sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific have dropped rapidly in recent weeks. The current CPC/IRI ENSO forecast estimates about a 60% chance that ENSO-neutral conditions will remain through the summer. Chances for the fall and winter are about equally split between neutral continuing and La Niña developing, at around […]

June 16th

Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events in the Jet Stream?

The past few months have seen some remarkable weather, from the UK’s sunniest spring on record to Siberia’s dramatic heatwave and “zombie wildfires”. Key to this unseasonable weather are persistent high-pressure “blocking” weather systems, which bring clear, dry conditions on the ground below for many days or weeks. By Robert McSweeney Carbon Brief Blocking events bat away oncoming low-pressure systems […]

June 15th

June is National Ocean Month

Join us to celebrate and learn about our world ocean during National Ocean Month. Get a snapshot of some surprising facts in less than two minutes with our video! By NOAA Video Transcript: What do you know about our ocean? The ocean is where life began over 3.5 billion years ago. The ocean covers […]

Climate Change: Link between Earth’s heat and hurricane strength grows

Researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies have greater confidence that warming surface temperatures and increasing tropical cyclone intensity appear to go hand-in-hand. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicates a significant global increase in hurricane intensity over a four-decade period, showing the emergence of more significant findings than previous […]

NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

The coronavirus pandemic response has reduced pollution from a large number of sources across many geographic regions. NOAA has launched a wide-ranging research effort to investigate the impact of reduced vehicle traffic, air travel, shipping, manufacturing and other activities on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. By NOAA NOAA scientists are using the most advanced atmosphere-ocean models […]

National Climate Assessment: Hurricanes and hospital flooding

Think of a hurricane and you probably picture house-peeling winds. However, flooding usually inflicts the worst damage. Storm surges pose the greatest dangers to human lives and structures, and in damaging hospitals, storm surges can threaten both at once. By Michon Scott Rebecca Lindsey NOAA From Chapter 14 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), these maps show potential hurricane-caused inundation in Miami-Dade […]

February 27th

Climate Change: 2018’s Billion Dollar Disasters in Context

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks U.S. weather and climate events that have great economic and societal impacts. Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained 241 weather and climate disasters where the overall damage costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index, as of January 2019). The cumulative cost […]

February 19th

Arctic warming at twice the global rate (which could be bad for this winter’s weather)

It’s the 13th year of NOAA’s brilliant, visually beautiful, and timely Arctic Report Card. (Full 2018 PDF here.) The executive summary updates ongoing changes as it reflects on a range of land, ice, and ocean observations made throughout the Arctic during the 2018 calendar year. And they found evidence that warmer temperatures in the Arctic are driving more extreme weather events for […]

December 19th

Major U.S. report says climate change not a far-off concern, but causing ‘substantial damages’ now

No doubt with the intent of deep-sixing it on one of the deadest news days of the year, the Trump regime announced Wednesday that the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. II would be released today, and it now has been. The report was produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Volume I was released a year ago. Bottom line: Climate change isn’t […]

November 24th

Drain the swamp: Trump puts assorted foxes in charge of government henhouse (What could go wrong?)

The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to […]

October 13th

Trump puts rival CEO who wants to muzzle NOAA in charge of the agency

A nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just been announced and follows the pattern of putting conflicted business leaders in charge of agencies. As a former NOAA scientist and manager, it was particularly troubling to me that two nominees this week to lead my former agency fit this disturbing pattern.  President Trump nominated Barry […]

October 12th

Another headline you should get used to seeing: Warmest Winter Ever

By Meteor Blades The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that this was the warmest winter ever recorded for the 48 contiguous states in the 122 years records have been kept. Alaska had its second warmest winter. This followed the warmest fall ever for the contiguous states. And the hottest year on record. And it appears […]

March 9th

We’re going to continue to see more and more ‘hottest years ever’

By Meteor Blades While Republican debaters seek ways to wipe off the stink of their global-warming denier labels and Republicans in Congress, state legislatures and the governors’ mansions seek ways to undermine the Obama administration’s modest but essential efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions, the tabulators of global warming stand aghast at what’s happening far […]

September 17th