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Hurricane Names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Retired

The names of hurricanes that killed hundreds of people in 2017 and helped cause more than $215 billion in damage have been retired, never to be used again for the Atlantic. Say good-bye, and good riddance, to Harvey, Irma, Maria …

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas Face Double Spring Threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe …

Gulf Coast Meteorologist to Lead National Hurricane Center

A meteorologist who aided emergency response efforts along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has been tapped to lead the U.S. government’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that Kenneth Graham …

Earth Keeps on Warming Without El Nino

Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest …

Worst Global Weather Threat Isn’t Hurricanes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week released its list of climate events that have had the greatest economic impact on the U.S. from 1980 to 2017. At $306 billion, last year’s sustained costs due to weather disasters was …

Many Hurricane Issues for Florida Legislature to Consider

Storms are a major priority on the Florida Legislature’s agenda this year following Hurricane Irma‘s rampage across most of the state. Lawmakers will consider proposals ranging from making evacuations more efficient to helping the devastated citrus industry. The 60-day session …

U.S. Weather Disasters Totaled a Record $306B in 2017

Extreme weather took an extreme toll on the U.S. last year. Losses from weather and climate disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in northern California reached a record $306 billion in 2017, the federal government’s National Centers …

Above Average 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

Scientists at Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN) have made a breakthrough in understanding of the long-range impact of global climate dynamics on Atlantic hurricane activity. They have used this insight to develop a new model to forecast the strength of …

NOAA Reports Permafrost Thawing at a Faster Pace

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. The …

Changing Climate Means Shorter Winters

Winter is coming … later. And it’s leaving ever earlier. Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Scientists …