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Forecasters Say Much of the Dakotas Could Be in for Drought

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Snowfall in the region earlier this week was a welcome sight, falling on parched ground throughout the area. However, much more moisture is needed to alleviate drought conditions that prevail from border to border in North …

The Stormy, Fiery Year When Climate Disasters Wouldn’t Stop

Nature struck relentlessly in 2020 with record-breaking and deadly weather- and climate-related disasters. With the most named storms in the Atlantic, the largest-ever area of California burned by wildfires, killer floods in Asia and Africa and a hot, melting Arctic, …

A Year of Heat and Fire Accelerated the Arctic’s Transformation

Back when Donald Perovich, an engineering professor at Dartmouth and member of the MOSAiC Arctic research team, conducted his first sea-ice field experiment in the region in 1979, he and his colleagues didn’t study ice because they were worried about …

30 Named Storms: Record Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set multiple records while producing a …

Coastal Harm From Invading Saltwater ‘Happening Right Now’

The landward movement of seawater threatens drinking water supplies, coastal farming and coastal ecosystems. Rising seas, more frequent storms, higher tides, drought and the pressure of pumping for drinking water are combining to accelerate the salt invasion. New scientific research …

Some Alaska Phones Beyond Danger Received Tsunami Warning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Some Alaska residents received tsunami warnings on their cellphones following an earthquake earlier this week, including customers in the Anchorage area who were outside the potential danger zone. There was no concern over a tsunami reaching Anchorage, …

Tropical Storm Josephine Sets Record for Fastest Atlantic Season

The Atlantic spun it 10th storm faster than any other hurricane season in records going back to 1851, and more are expected as August ends. Tropical Storm Josephine formed east of the Leewards, the arc of islands that separates the …

Hurricane Alpha? Amped Up Season Forecast, Names May Run Out

Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as a …

Watchdog Details Storm of Political Pressure in Sharpiegate

Political pressure from the White House and a series of “crazy in the middle of the night” texts, emails and phone calls caused top federal weather officials to wrongly admonish a weather office for a tweet that contradicted President Donald …

Hurricanes May Cause More Pain For Pandemic-hit Insurers

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on Monday could signal more steep losses for insurers and reinsurers, already battered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their underwriting and investment positions. However, recent years of hefty damage …