Even With a Snowy Break, The Heat is on This Winter

Despite the snow that fell over much of the Northeast late this week, the winter has been warmer than normal for much of the country, in line with broader warming trends. After all, just ahead of that storm, temperatures had soared into the 60s as far north as New York City. The heavy snow even paradoxically fits with what is expected in a warming

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Snowfall Totals Are Changing Across the U.S.

As the world warms, the overall area of North America covered by snow is decreasing. One reason is that an increasing percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow in many locations. A Climate Central report found that between sea level and 5,000 feet in elevation, a smaller percentage of winter precipitation is falling as s

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The Shum Show: Flowers and Snowplows

Happy Valentine's Day! Greta Shum is back and just as cheesy as ever. Climate change isn't just heating things up, it's bringing the romance earlier in the year. The Northeast goes from 60s to 12 inches of snow overnight, and The Shum Show fills us in on why neither of those things is surprising. Tune in next time for your weather and climate

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Fewer Days Below 32°F

Warmer winters may sound great at first — fewer icy roads, less scraping your car — but milder weather has some major downsides. Everything from agriculture to wildlife to human health can be seriously impacted. Warmer winters also pose serious economic consequences in many states reliant on revenue from winter sports and recreation. The number

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arctic ice

Sea Ice Hits Record Lows at Both Poles

Arctic temperatures have finally started to cool off after yet another winter heat wave stunted sea ice growth over the weekend. The repeated bouts of warm weather this season have stunned even seasoned polar researchers, and could push the Arctic to a record low winter peak for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice set an all-time

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temperature outlook

Even With a Snowy Break, The Heat is on This Winter

Despite the snow that fell over much of the Northeast late this week, the winter has been warmer than normal for much of the country, in line with broader warming trends. After all, just ahead of that storm, temperatures had soared into the 60s as far north as New York City. The heavy snow even paradoxically fits with what is expected in a warming

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The Shum Show: Flowers and Snowplows

Happy Valentine's Day! Greta Shum is back and just as cheesy as ever. Climate change isn't just heating things up, it's bringing the romance earlier in the year. The Northeast goes from 60s to 12 inches of snow overnight, and The Shum Show fills us in on why neither of those things is surprising. Tune in next time for your weather and climate

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Snowfall Totals Are Changing Across the U.S.

As the world warms, the overall area of North America covered by snow is decreasing. One reason is that an increasing percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow in many locations. A Climate Central report found that between sea level and 5,000 feet in elevation, a smaller percentage of winter precipitation is falling as s

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snow cover on the decline

Snow Cover on the Decline in North America

As the world warms, the overall area of North America covered by snow is decreasing. One reason is that an increasing percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow in many locations. A Climate Central report found that between sea level and 5,000 feet in elevation, a smaller percentage of winter precipitation is falling as

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heavy snow records

More Snowfall Records, More Recently

As the world warms, the overall area of North America covered by snow is decreasing. One reason is that an increasing percentage of winter precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow in many locations. A Climate Central report found that between sea level and 5,000 feet in elevation, a smaller percentage of winter precipitation is falling as

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Global Warming Threatens Winter Sports

Warmer winters may sound great at first — fewer icy roads, less scraping your car — but milder weather has some major downsides. Everything from agriculture to wildlife to human health can be seriously impacted. Warmer winters also pose serious economic consequences in many states reliant on revenue from winter sports and recreation. The number

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winter temps

Fewer Days Below 32°F

Warmer winters may sound great at first — fewer icy roads, less scraping your car — but milder weather has some major downsides. Everything from agriculture to wildlife to human health can be seriously impacted. Warmer winters also pose serious economic consequences in many states reliant on revenue from winter sports and recreation. The number

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problems with warming winters

The Problems With Winter Warming

The decrease in winter cold effectively makes the winter shorter. While that might sound good at first, it comes with consequences for recreation, farming, and the environment. In colder climates, winter-based recreational activities, like skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling will become less prevalent. More disease-carrying insects, like mosquito

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cold getting less extreme

Cold Getting Less Extreme

For many locations in the U.S., middle-to-late January is climatologically the coldest time of the year. But extreme cold is on the decline as the world warms from increasing greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels. This week’s analysis examines the coldest night each year in these cities. Even though we will continue to see cold

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hottest year on record

2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record

NOAA and NASA analyses both indicate that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally. NOAA’s calculation shows the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 1.69°F (0.94°C) above the 20th century average. NASA indicated a temperature 1.82°F (1.01°C) above that average. The calculations between the two agencies differ only

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global temperatures

2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year on Record

2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, U.S. government scientists announced Wednesday. 2016 is a “data point at the end of many data points that indicates” long-term warming, Deke

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