California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

Most of those multiday deluges are the product of atmospheric rivers, high-altitude streams of air that originate near the equator and are packed with water vapor.

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

A week into the new year, federal investigators announced that the latest outbreak of foodborne illness, from romaine lettuce, seemed to be over : There hadn’t been any cases of illness caused by a dangerous variety of E.

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Since 2014, Curry has appeared on Capitol Hill at least a half-dozen times before Republican-held House committees, testifying that the future effects of climate change are both exaggerated and unknowable.

January Was Unusually Warm—Yes, Warm!—Despite That Cold Snap

January Was Unusually Warm—Yes, Warm!—Despite That Cold Snap

Yes, it’s so cold right now that even hardy Minneapolis is shutting down schools, but even with these few days of extreme cold, Minnesota should end up with a near “normal” month thanks to weeks of unusual warmth.

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. reported smaller U.S. sales gain than expected and blamed frosty temperatures that kept some buyers at bay late last month.

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

University of Michigan “We thought the walking would be limited by the duration of the battery outdoors,” Grizzle says. (Very Game of Thrones , by the way, all the fire and now ice.) “We all want to use robots in conditions where people could be at risk,” Grizzle says.

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

“You don’t have as much power when you want to discharge,” says Stefanopoulou, “The situation is even more limited when you want to charge.” Modern cars are designed to take that into account, with battery thermal management systems that warm or cool a battery.

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships Spire A group of apes is called a shrewdness; a group of ferrets is called a business; a group of small satellites is called a constellation.

The science of art or the art of science…

The science of art or the art of science…

Called The Unseen, it is made from pieces of rope and cable ties shaped by communities and schoolchildren to communicate the connections between art, science and changing marine environments as they participate in the making of a contemporary art work.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

The self-driving company Voyage tests in retirement communities in California and Florida, lands of warm and unfussy weather, well-maintained roads, simple traffic patterns, and slower street speeds.

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

“For the future, that percentage will keep increasing,” says Zeng, who presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeAt the same time, the length of the snow season shrank by 34 days for the snowiest regions.

Corn Crop Production May Be Causing More Rainfall

Corn Crop Production May Be Causing More Rainfall

In addition to making the area the world’s most productive agricultural region, climate scientists at MIT say the boom has created its own weather patterns.“We studied data from the past 30 years and found that the intensification of corn production has increased average summer rainfalls by about 35 percent and decreased [average summer] temperatures by as much as one degree Celsius,” says former MIT researcher Ross E.

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

For the past decade, photographer Mitch Dobrowner has spent a few weeks every summer pursuing extreme weather across the midwestern United States with veteran storm chaser Roger Hill, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has witnessed more tornadoes (more than 650) than anyone in history.

Update on El Niño

Update on El Niño

An abnormal El Niño weather event is looking likely for New Zealand over summer, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. During summer in a typical El Niño, New Zealand has stronger and/or more frequent winds from the west, leading to an elevated risk of drier-than-normal conditions in the east of both islands and above normal rainfall in the west.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

Now those records – plus millions of daily observations made by early explorers, people on whaling ships, cargo ships and lighthouses around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean before the 1950s – are needed by scientists trying to find out more about climate change.

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

But much of it is in trouble: Sea level rise is coming for Los Angeles County and its 74 miles of coast.According to a new report from the New York Academy of Sciences, it’ll take LA as much as $6.4 billion to fortify itself against an impending increase in coastal flooding, with moves such as nourishing its beaches with extra sand and elevating its ports.

This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes?

This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes?

Lin and Emanuel said their research showed that not only were grey swan hurricanes now likely to occur, one such devastating hurricane would almost certainly hit the Persian Gulf region – a place where tropical cyclones have never even been seen in history.

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

It’s the sign of a planet in the throes of change, and those changes don’t look good for the future.Humans are used to the idea of some parts of their homeworld being all but uninhabitable.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

“The operator has a tool that lets him choose the right scenario.”For this specific clip, it took only 90 minutes from the time NHC data came in to broadcast the final product.'The entire goal is to try to paint and recreate a reality that’s in the future.'Michael Potts, The Weather ChannelThat short window of time belies how much tech underpins the rest of the operation, though.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change.

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.

Hurricane Florence: Your Forecasting and Climate Questions Answered

Hurricane Florence: Your Forecasting and Climate Questions Answered

As for fatalities, the deadliest storm on record in the United States happened in 1900, when surging waters killed more than 6,000 people in Galveston, Tex. This was before modern weather forecasting, however, and many people failed to evacuate the area.How is climate change influencing Hurricane Florence and hurricanes more generally?NOAA says to think of warm water as the engine that fuels hurricanes.

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger has reverted to levels last seen a decade ago, wiping out progress on improving people’s access to food and leaving one in nine people undernourished last year, with extreme weather a leading cause, the UN has warned.

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

Farmers knew intuitively that even a small change in baseline climate greatly increased the risk of extremes, and a single drought could ruin a farming community, even if followed by years of good weather.

Fears over climate change hit highest level in a decade following heatwave, study says

Fears over climate change hit highest level in a decade following heatwave, study says

British people’s concern over climate change hit the highest level in almost a decade amid the record-breaking heatwave which swept across Britain this summer, a new poll has revealed.

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Our work, published in Nature Communications, is important as such forecasts help predict the chances of events like heatwaves or cold snaps months in advance, and it is now well established that anomalous climatic events have a direct human impact.

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

For the country’s 300,000 coffee producers, these extreme weather threats – coupled with the increasingly unpredictable seasons, crop disease and invasive insects associated with climate change – endanger their livelihoods.

How climate change will affect dairy cows and milk production in the UK – new study

How climate change will affect dairy cows and milk production in the UK – new study

In economic terms, south-west England is expected to be the region most vulnerable to climate change because it is characterised by a high dairy herd density, and so potentially a high level of heat stress-related milk loss.

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