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NOAA: Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice

October 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Sea Ice and Land Ice

NOAA said that “as counterintuitive as expanding winter Antarctic sea ice may appear on a warming planet, it may actually be a manifestation of recent warming.” The thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return.[read more]

NOAA: With Hottest August On Record, 2014 Takes Aim At Hottest Year On Record

September 20, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Month and Year Temp Records

Last month was the warmest August since records began being kept in 1880, the NOAA reported Thursday. NOAA also projected out scenarios for the rest of the year making clear that 2014 is going to be one of the very hottest years on record — and possibly the hottest.[read more]

Bad News For California: NOAA Lowers Chance Of El Niño To 65%, Predicts A Weak One

August 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Environmental Risk

The NOAA previously said the chances of an El Niño developing this year were at almost 4 out of 5. There was some evidence suggesting it might be a strong El Niño, the kind that generally brings a lot of rain to California. But the best chance for ending the brutal California drought seems to be disappearing.[read more]

NOAA State Of The Climate In 2013: 'Our Planet Is Becoming A Warmer Place'

July 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

A Warming Planet

The planet has continued to warm at an unhealthy pace over the last year, according to a report combining the efforts of hundreds of the world’s top scientists led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[read more]

Warmest May on Record

June 27, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Records and Temps in May


In its most recent State of the Climate Report released on Monday, the NOAA reports that May 2014 was the hottest May on record. This hot May comes on the heals of record heat for April, tying 2010 as the warmest April on record. The previous record for May was also in 2010.[read more]

NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Hurricane Risk This Season


Sunday, June 1, marked the beginning of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a relatively inactive June-November hurricane season this year, following the quietest hurricane season in the past two decades in 2013.[read more]

NOAA: Tropical Cyclone 'Maximum Intensity' Is Shifting Toward Poles

May 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm

NOAA and Cyclone Intensity Location

A NOAA-led study finds “the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles” at roughly 35 miles per decade. This roughly one-half a degree of latitude shift per decade for tropical cyclones was seen in both the northern and southern hemispheres.[read more]

NOAA: 2013 Fourth Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Global Temps

The latest State of the Climate report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880.[read more]

NOAA's One Day of Data Fails to Quiet Critics

August 7, 2013 by Steve Everley

Last year, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a controversial – and flawed – paper alleging very high methane leakage rates from a natural gas field in Colorado. The story unfolded as you might imagine.[read more]

The Dangerous Myth That Climate Change Is Reversible

March 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm

climate change reversibility

The notion that we can reverse climate change by cutting emissions is one of the most commonly held myths — and one of the most dangerous. Instead, climate change is “largely irreversible for 1000 years.”[read more]

NOAA: 2012 Was Officially The Warmest Year On Record For The U.S.

January 9, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Last year was officially the hottest ever recorded for the lower-48 states. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tallied weather and temperature data for 2012, and found that the year was both the warmest and the second-most extreme for weather ever recorded for the contiguous U.S.[read more]

Oceans ’13: The Post-Election Future Of Ocean Policy

November 26, 2012 by Joseph Romm

On November 7 the American people woke up to a post-election Washington, D.C., that looks an awful lot like pre-election Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama earned a four-year extension on his lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and his Democratic colleagues retained their hold on the Senate, and Speaker of the...[read more]

June Through August Was Warmest Period For Global Land Temperature Ever Recorded

September 18, 2012 by Joseph Romm

The average global land surface temperature between June and August of 2012 was the warmest ever recorded, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center. The three month period saw an average land temperature that was 1.03°C (1.85°F) above the 20th century average.When factored with ocean surface temperature, the average...[read more]

Summer from Hell: Climate Change Makes Its Presence Known

September 6, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

Thermometer via Shutterstock

The summer of 2012 has come to a close, but it won’t be forgotten anytime soon. It delivered one extreme weather event after another, from heat waves to freak storms, wildfires to drought. People lost their homes and livelihoods, yet even as they try to pick up the pieces, more powerful weather systems are looming on the horizon.Extreme...[read more]

Dust Bowl 2012: Hottest July on Record in U.S.

August 10, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that last month was, on average, the hottest July on record for the contiguous United States, beating the previous record set in the dust bowl of 1936. The past 12 months have been the hottest ever recorded in the US, with more than 27,000 heat records broken so far this...[read more]