Crunch Time Ahead for California Drought Relief

By: Bob Henson, 6:25 PM GMT on February 27, 2015

Californians are watching anxiously to see if a “Miracle March” or “Awesome April” salvages the worst snowpack season on record thus far in parts of the Sierra Nevada. Snow that piles up across the mountain range from autumn through spring furnishes more than 60% of the state’s water for consumer and agricultural use. Winter precipitation across California hasn’t been too far from average, but even more than usual, most of it has fallen in a relatively s...

Drought

Updated: 6:07 AM GMT on February 28, 2015

Memorable Snowfall Hits Deep South, Skirts Big Cities

By: Bob Henson, 6:48 PM GMT on February 26, 2015

A quick-moving snowstorm zipped from northeast Texas to southern Virginia in little more than 24 hours, leaving some parts of the Deep South with more snow than they’ve seen in decades. Rather than carving a deep trough in the eastern U.S., the upper-level energy that generated the snow tracked along the base of a broad pre-existing trough. This channeling of energy helped lead to a storm that had a vast extent from southwest to northeast but a narrow north-south ...

Winter Weather

Updated: 7:07 PM GMT on February 26, 2015

Are We Entering a New Period of Rapid Global Warming?

By: Bob Henson, 5:04 PM GMT on February 24, 2015

Residents of New England may understandably look back at 2015 as the year of their never-ending winter. For the planet as a whole, though, this year could stand out most for putting to rest the “hiatus”— the 15-year slowdown in atmospheric warming that gained intense scrutiny by pundits, scientists, and the public. While interesting in its own right, the hiatus garnered far more attention than it deserved as a purported sign that future global warming would be...

Climate Change

Updated: 5:36 PM GMT on February 24, 2015

Reviewing Last Week's Remarkable Cold Wave

By: Bob Henson, 4:53 PM GMT on February 23, 2015

Unusually cold air will prevail across most of the Eastern U.S. for yet another week, making some inroads into the central states. Snow and ice continue to plague parts of the South and Atlantic: significant sleet and freezing rain are possible today from northeast Texas into Mississippi. Another round of wintry precipitation is likely midweek across parts of the mid-South, with the focus beginning to shift westward in a long-awaited pattern change by next weekend.<...

Winter Weather

Updated: 9:34 PM GMT on February 23, 2015

A Nation Divided: Heat and Cold Records Split the U.S.

By: Bob Henson, 5:50 PM GMT on February 20, 2015

This winter’s persistent U.S. gap between western warmth and eastern cold grew into a chasm this week. While unseasonable, unsettling mildness continues to bathe much of the West, one of the strongest February cold outbreaks in U.S. weather history--perhaps the worst and most widespread for so late in the winter--has taken hold from the Mississippi Valley eastward. Freezing temperatures pushed into parts of central Florida on Friday morning, with readings diving b...

Winter Weather

Updated: 7:39 PM GMT on February 20, 2015

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