After May Pause, Heat Set to Return

For much of the U.S., May brought a break from the string of months that have been much warmer than normal and even the warmest on record in many instances. But a heat wave set to sweep across the country will soon turn up temperatures again. Averaged nationwide, U.S. temperatures were very close to normal in May, although there were a few

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Days Above 100°F: Projections

Average summer temperature have risen a few degrees across the West and Southern Plains, leading to more days above 100°F in Austin, Dallas and El Paso all the way up to Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, and Boise. It’s worth noting that this trend has been recorded across the entire Northern Hemisphere, as show in this WXshift animation.

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Cindy Generates Widespread 2-4 Foot Storm Surge

While Tropical Storm Cindy's torrential rains have grabbed the headlines, coastal flooding in Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi inundated some communities with saltwater. Cindy generated widespread 2-4 foot storm surges in the region, with a localized maximum exceeding 6 feet at Shell Beach, La. The highest storm surge levels occurred east of

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Summer Is Hot, And Getting Hotter

June 1 marked the first day of meteorological summer in the Northern Hemisphere, time for beach trips, barbecues and sweating through summer’s heat. This hottest of all the seasons is getting even hotter as the planet warms from the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Meteorological summer differs from astronomical summer, which is

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Cindy Generates Widespread 2-4 Foot Storm Surge

While Tropical Storm Cindy's torrential rains have grabbed the headlines, coastal flooding in Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi inundated some communities with saltwater. Cindy generated widespread 2-4 foot storm surges in the region, with a localized maximum exceeding 6 feet at Shell Beach, La. The highest storm surge levels occurred east of

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Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy Poses a Massive Flood Threat to the Gulf Coast

Less than 24 hours after the second named storm of Atlantic hurricane season formed, we have number three. Tropical Storm Cindy formed on Tuesday afternoon, continuing an active start to hurricane season. The storm is packing winds up to 45 mph, but it’s unlikely to strengthen much before making landfall along the Louisiana-Texas border. Cindy

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Torrential Rains Will Overshadow A Minor Coastal Flood Event Along Northern Gulf Coast

A strengthening area of low pressure tracking towards the northern U.S. Gulf Coast developed into Tropical Storm Cindy on Tuesday. Torrential rains from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle will grab the spotlight, as destructive winds should not develop and coastal flooding remains minor. The 7:00 a.m. National Hurricane Center

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This is how hot the United States could be in the future

Days Above 100°F: Projections

Average summer temperature have risen a few degrees across the West and Southern Plains, leading to more days above 100°F in Austin, Dallas and El Paso all the way up to Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, and Boise. It’s worth noting that this trend has been recorded across the entire Northern Hemisphere, as show in this WXshift animation.

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Small Change in Average, Big Change in Extremes

To understand what’s happening with extreme heat, we need to get a little geeky and take you back to Stats class. The classic bell curve represents the distribution of all temperatures at a location. The bulk of temperatures — those close to average — sit near the middle of the curve. Record temperatures, which are rare,

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More Hot Days Across the U.S.

Climate change is driving up summer temperatures across the country. We often talk about warming in terms average temperatures, which can be perceived as small to the public, but any rise in the average temperature leads to a rise in the the number of days that are extremely hot.

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After May Pause, Heat Set to Return

For much of the U.S., May brought a break from the string of months that have been much warmer than normal and even the warmest on record in many instances. But a heat wave set to sweep across the country will soon turn up temperatures again. Averaged nationwide, U.S. temperatures were very close to normal in May, although there were a few

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Summer Is Hot, And Getting Hotter

June 1 marked the first day of meteorological summer in the Northern Hemisphere, time for beach trips, barbecues and sweating through summer’s heat. This hottest of all the seasons is getting even hotter as the planet warms from the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Meteorological summer differs from astronomical summer, which is

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Summers Are Getting Hotter

Happy meteorological summer! We examine the average summer temperature trend in these cities. Summers are trending hotter for 92 percent of the markets we analyzed, with locations in Texas and the Intermountain West experiencing the most warming since 1970. Additionally, we examined summer temperature trends in all of the NCEI climate divisions.

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NOAA Forecasts Busy Hurricane Season for Atlantic

Less than a year after Hurricane Matthew raked the East Coast, killing 34 people and causing $10 billion in damage in the U.S. alone, coastal areas are once again preparing for the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting to see above-average storm numbers

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The Water Year’s Long, Cold, and Wet Goodbye Kiss to the Northwest’s Drought

For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest is not registering any sign of drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor. There are also no signs of a potential drought looming on our horizon. None. We’re in the clear. So, why the good news about drought? It’s about the precipitation — the cold variety. We got a lot of it this winter.

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Heat, Snow, Tornadoes, Flooding: Just One Week’s Worth of Weather

Over the course of just 48 hours this week, summer-like heat hit the Northeast, heavy snow fell in the Rockies, and tornadoes touched down in the Plains, all while the lower Mississippi River remains at flood levels. The heat wave that surged into the Northeast brought multiple days of temperatures that would have been high even for the middle of

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