Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has been alarmingly low this year and while the rest of the West hasn’t had as dire of a situation, since 1982, some parts of the West have a 41% reduction in the yearly maximum mass of snow. For the skiing industry, climate change is a true existential threat–though […]Continue Reading 710 words
We know this winter was a warm one in much of the U.S. — dozens of cities east of the Mississippi River experienced a “meteorological winter” that was among their top 10 warmest on record — because, according to climate scientists, the Arctic oscillation has been in an unusually strong and it kept the cold Arctic air trapped up north,
Why This Matters: Some of the Earth’s major circulatory systems are being altered by climate change, and now we can prove it. The changes to weather and to the distribution of species on land and in the ocean could be devastating.Continue Reading 530 words
If you live in DC you’re probably like us and have been wondering what the heck happened to winter this year. You’re not alone, according to NBC News, In Japan, record low snowfall has forced ski resorts to close prematurely. In Finland, forests that would normally be stark and bare at this time of year […]Continue Reading 445 words
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Scientists have studied birds to try to understand how they stay warm during the cold winter months — the answer is a variety of strategies, including adding a “coat” of feathers, shivering, and some species, such as chickadees and bluebirds, huddle together to share heat — all things that humans do too. But other cold-weather […]Continue Reading 472 words
Even though Phil is often wrong (it’s not exactly science), he may be getting more accurate due to climate change. According to Climate Central, Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting earlier springs more often—14 times in the past 50 years, after only 5 times in the 73 years prior — and his shift toward earlier springs may be onto something because based on actual weather data, the six weeks after Groundhog Day are warming up in 93% of the 244 cities analyzed.
Why This Matters: One could argue that folklore like Groundhog Day and all its antiquated pageantry undermine the public’s reliance on the actual science of weather forecasting, and perpetuates myths that have staying power and resonate with the public.Continue Reading 532 words
After years of drought in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, this past winter has brought staggering amounts of snow. In the Sierras, snowpack is at a staggering 156 percent of normal as of Wednesday and in Colorado, drought levels dropped by half in just a week as a result of snow storms. This is […]Continue Reading 434 words
If you ever wondered what a polar vortex looks like from above, this is it. Grab a blanket and bundle up. The midsection of the country — even places like Minnesota that are accustomed to cold air — are bracing for the worst cold weather that has been seen in a generation. Temperatures could break […]Continue Reading 545 words
A big snowstorm will barrel across the middle of the country over the weekend — following a 1500 mile pathway from Denver to Baltimore. The storm will begin on Friday and last through late Sunday before it blows out to sea. According to the National Weather Service, 20 million people are in the storm’s path, including the cities of Kansas […]Continue Reading 143 words