The Stratosphere Has Warmed Profoundly This Month. What are the Implications?

As we will discuss, such stratospheric warmings are sometimes associated with distortions and alterations of the winds and temperatures in the lower atmosphere, resulting in anomalous weather from heat waves…

Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW, officially confirmed

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Research News MADISON, Wis. — Nearly 30 years after recording a temperature of minus 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 Celsius) in Greenland, the measurement has been verified…

Extreme precipitation events have always occurred, but are they changing?

As we cope with these events, questions invariably arise about what role climate change may have played. Has a particular extreme been made worse because of our changing climate? How…

Derecho Iowa Corn Damage Imaged By Satellite

The August 10, 2020 derecho event caused an estimated 40 million acres of nearly-mature corn crop to be significantly damaged or destroyed, mainly in Iowa, but also in portions of…

California Wildfires and the Lightning Siege: How Unusual Is It?

California is burning and smoke has covered the northern half of the state and is spreading across the U.S. Most of the fires were started by a huge “lightning siege”…

Brazil “Megaflash” lightning sets world record.

The UN’s weather agency announced Thursday the longest lightning bolt on record—a single flash in Brazil on October 31, 2018 that cut the sky across more than 700 kilometers.

What is a derecho? An atmospheric scientist explains these rare but dangerous storm systems

Russ Schumacher, Colorado State University Thunderstorms are common across North America, especially in warm weather months. About 10% of them become severe, meaning they produce hail 1 inch or greater…

Michigan Dam Failures and Climate Change

Guest News Brief by Kip Hansen  —  23 May 2020   In keeping with the NY Times’ Editorial Narrative on climate change (“every story is a climate story”), Henry Fountain…

Lightning ‘superbolts’ form over oceans from November to February

University of Washington The lightning season in the Southeastern U.S. is almost finished for this year, but the peak season for the most powerful strokes of lightning won’t begin until…

Record High Temperatures in France: 3 Facts the Media Don’t Tell You

Reposted from Dr. Roy Spencer’s blog July 2nd, 2019 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. News reporting of the recent heat wave in France and other European countries was accompanied…