Stories tagged "snow"

March 22, 2019

Climate change causing winters to become more erratic

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...

February 20, 2019

DC Gets Winter Storm Impact Scale Courtesy of Capital Weather Gang

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has created a scale to rate the winter storms that always seem to snarl travel and impact schools and businesses in the region.  Rather than gauging a storm by the number of inches of snow, the Weather Gang scale rates...

February 5, 2019

Climate change threatens fragile Himalayan glaciers

The Himalayan range is home to our planet’s highest peaks and it would be easy to assume that it’s protected from the effects of climate change due to this staggering altitude. Unfortunately, as it turns out, neither the ocean floor nor the tallest...

January 30, 2019

Polar Express — Bitter Cold Air Hits Midwest

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...

January 24, 2019

Warming winters a major threat to snow sports economy

While the thought of avoiding winter might sound nice, the actual impact of warming temperatures in cold months is nothing to wish for. Already in most U.S. states, winters have already warmed faster than any other season and as Climate Central reported those warmer...

January 18, 2019

Our Daily Planet talks climate change with Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn will go down in history as one of the most decorated female alpine skiers to ever grace the slopes. She has won 4 overall World Cup championships (one of only two women to ever do so) and 3 Olympic medals and while this will be her last racing season she...

January 16, 2019

More snow, more salt, more problems

Just as one storm passed last weekend, here in D.C. (as well as across central and eastern parts of the country) we’re expected to get more winter weather later this week. As USA Today reported, a pair of winter storms will dump snow and ice across the central...

January 9, 2019

Government shutdown negatively impacting weather forecasts

Among the most consequential impacts of the government shutdown are the strain and diminution of capacity to the National Weather Service (NWS) operations, upon which all public and private daily weather forecasts are based.  Weeks of working without resources have...