weather patterns

Natural Gas Inventory Exceeds Five-Year Average for First Time Since November 2013

February 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Inventories

Working natural gas in storage has surpassed five-year average levels for the first time in more than a year. At 2,157 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of February 13, stocks are 58 Bcf greater than the five-year average. Cold weather may result in high stock withdrawals, which could push stocks below their five-year average.[read more]

Colder Weather Drives Forecast of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions 1.1% Above 2013 Level

November 2, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Weather and Emissions

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf of Mexico 2014 Production Shut in by Storms Seen Higher than Last Year

June 13, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf of Mexico Production

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season, but even a fairly quiet season like last year can lead to disruptions to offshore crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.[read more]

El Niño Chances Jump To Near 80%, Add In Global Warming And We Face Record Heat

May 13, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Weather Patterns and Warming Trends

The chances of an El Niño developing this year are now at almost 4 out of 5. The chart above from NASA makes clear El Niños are generally the hottest years on record — since the regional warming adds to the underlying man-made global trend.[read more]

"We Don't Know What Normal is Anymore": Confronting Extreme Weather on US Farms

May 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Extreme Weather and Farms

Matt Russell has seen strange weather before. As a fifth-generation Iowa farmer, he’s used to being at the whims of the skies. But ominous changes are underway at his Coyote Run Farm, and lately, he’s been trying to cope with “the wrong weather at the wrong time.”[read more]

Three Important Energy Reality Checks

February 18, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There were three important reality checks in the energy sector last week. First, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Edison Electric Institute issued a joint statement of eight recommendations aimed at policy-makers about redefining regulated electric utility business models.[read more]

California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger

February 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Drought

The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. The bad news: In terms of the ongoing drought that has gripped parts of the West for years, the moisture with this system will only make a dent in the huge precipitation deficit that has occurred.[read more]

Could Weather Forecasting Be the Secret to Energy Management?

October 12, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Weather and Energy Efficiency

WeatherBug doesn’t want to just provide its weather data to energy management companies, it wants to be an energy management company. Like EcoFactor, WeatherBug is hardware agnostic and makes micro-adjustments to HVAC to save energy without homeonwers noticing a difference.[read more]

Breakthrough Renewable Energy Forecasting Coming to Grid by 2015

May 13, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

renewable energy forecasting

Breakthrough renewable energy forecasting technologies may be two years away from revolutionizing the efficiency of wind and solar generation on America’s grid.[read more]

Outage outrage — Lessons from the 'Derecho' Storm

July 10, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

For the more than 5 million customers who saw their power wiped out by the so-called “derecho” storm that swept across six states in the upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic U.S. June 29, there was little if anything energy and telecommunications companies did to minimize the damage, the 22-person death toll and political fallout.Like it or...[read more]

Starting to Understand Extreme Weather

April 5, 2012 by David Hone

With a new report coming from the IPCC on managing the risks associated with extreme weather and continued weather phenomena attracting media attention, it is more important to attempt to get to grips with the science and statistics behind this rapidly emerging field of research. Work along such lines is starting to develop.[read more]

March Heat Records Crush Cold Records by Over 35 To 1

April 4, 2012 by Joseph Romm

The final data is in for the unprecedented March heat wave that was “unmatched in recorded history” for the U.S. (and Canada).  New heat records swamped cold records by the stunning ratio of 35.3 to 1.This ratio is almost off the charts, even with the brutally warm August we had, as this chart from Capital Climate shows.For the...[read more]

Summer in March? Extreme Weather Continues

March 27, 2012 by Dan Huber

Dan Huber takes a look at the bizarre heatwave that occurred last week and what it means for future weather patterns.[read more]

Cold Snaps and Snowstorms: Evidence of Global Weirding?

March 22, 2012 by Dan Huber

NOAA recently declared this winter to be the 4th warmest on record for the contiguous United States. That sort of announcement might be expected in a warming world. But what about the relatively cold winters of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, which featured historic blizzards in the Midwest and the East Coast? Florida had snow seven times in...[read more]

Queensland floods highlight the cost of climate extremes

January 12, 2011 by Barry Brook

After a long, hot period of drought in eastern Australia, spanning much of the 1990s and 2000s and referred to as the worst in 1000 years (see also discussion on BNC on the drought here and the strange winter of 2009 here), the period 2010-2011 has seen record rainfall and rural flooding events in Australia. This has culminated this...[read more]