The Shum Show: What’s That Up Ahead

This week's Shum Show marks the end of the series. Instead of looking back, Climate Central's Research Analyst/Multimedia Journalist, Greta Shum, takes a look forward at the horizon and what climate change holds in store for us.

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A Break From the August Heat… For Some

In some parts of the country, August has lost a little of its bite this year. While still early, the first week and a half of August has been much cooler than normal from an area spanning from the Upper Midwest to the central Gulf Coast. The outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center through the third week of the month is for much of the same.

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Wildfire Season Is Smoking Out the Northwest

Fire season is here. Following a very wet winter, we are in the midst of a surprisingly active fire season. As of Monday, a total of 987,000 acres have burned in 2017 across the Northwest, encompassing the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. This comes as a surprise because fire season outlooks issued just a couple months ago called

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Longer Heat Streaks Across the U.S.

We're in the final weeks of meteorological summer, usually a time when heat has worn out its welcome. Fortunately, for many in the Plains, Midwest, and the East, this August is providing a break from the sweltering heat. But over the long term, as the planet continues to warm from the increase in greenhouse gases, extended streaks of heat are

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The Shum Show: What’s That Up Ahead

This week's Shum Show marks the end of the series. Instead of looking back, Climate Central's Research Analyst/Multimedia Journalist, Greta Shum, takes a look forward at the horizon and what climate change holds in store for us.

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A Break From the August Heat… For Some

In some parts of the country, August has lost a little of its bite this year. While still early, the first week and a half of August has been much cooler than normal from an area spanning from the Upper Midwest to the central Gulf Coast. The outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center through the third week of the month is for much of the same.

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wildfire in washington

Wildfire Season Is Smoking Out the Northwest

Fire season is here. Following a very wet winter, we are in the midst of a surprisingly active fire season. As of Monday, a total of 987,000 acres have burned in 2017 across the Northwest, encompassing the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. This comes as a surprise because fire season outlooks issued just a couple months ago called

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Tropical Storm Franklin

‘Extremely Active’ Hurricane Season Is Forecast as Peak Lies Ahead

Though the 2017 hurricane season has been lackluster so far, a busy season lies ahead thanks to warm waters and low winds.

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July Was Record Hot for Parts of Alaska and the West

The northernmost city in the United States just had its hottest July on record, as other spots in Alaska had their hottest month overall. Heat records also fell in a few western cities, as well as the fearsomely hot Death Valley, where July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. Those hotspots stood out in what was the 10th hottest July on

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‘Lucifer’ Bakes Europe in Intense Heat Wave

A heat wave that has claimed at least two lives triggered extreme heat warnings across southern and central Europe on Friday, as temperatures soared above 104°F (40°C). The temperature was so extreme in parts of Italy on Friday that even as the sun began to set on the region, heat remained above 100°F, AccuWeather European forecaster Tyler Roys

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Global Warming Is Fueling Arizona’s Monstrous Monsoons

Summer in Arizona and throughout the Southwest is monsoon season, which means a daily pattern of afternoon thunderstorms, flash floods, dramatic dust clouds and spectacular displays of lightning over the desert. As the climate changes, Arizona’s monsoon rainfall is becoming more intense even as daily average rainfall in parts of the state has

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Future Days Above 95°F

The number of these very hot days is expected to increase sharply as the world further warms from the buildup of greenhouse gases. What may initially appear to be a small increase in the average temperature has a large impact on these extremes. As an entire distribution of daily high temperatures shifts slightly warmer, those rare days with extreme

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Seattle

Near-Record Heat in Store for Pacific Northwest

Another summer week, another spot in the U.S. is sweltering. In June it was the Southwest, with planes unable to take off in Phoenix; then it was Miami, which just had its hottest month on record; now, it’s the Pacific Northwest’s turn. A high-pressure system will send temperatures in Oregon and Washington to rare heights. Seattle could see only it

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Miami Just Had Its Hottest Month on Record

Summers in Miami are always hot and humid, but this summer has been one for the record books. July was the hottest month ever recorded for the city, with temperature archives going back to 1896, and capped off what has been the hottest year-to-date. Every day except July 31 saw a high temperature at or above 90°F (32°C), and nighttime low

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forest fire in arizona

Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West

The West is ablaze as the summer wildfire season has gotten off to an intense start. More than 37,000 fires have burned more than 5.2 million acres nationally since the beginning of the year, with 47 large fires burning across nine states as of Friday. The relatively early activity is quickly becoming the norm, with rising temperatures making the

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