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Climate Science Articles
What a Stuffy Nose Teaches Us About A Heat Wave
Are you celebrating winter with the dreaded common cold? It may be miserable, but it is showing you...
First Snow: Polish the Skis and Snowboards
November opened with cool temperatures and good snow in the West. That whoop you are hearing is all...
What's Up With the Rain?
If you’ve found yourself thinking “rain, rain, go away,” you may not be the only one. Here’s a look...
The Polar Vortex: When a Warmer Climate Means Colder Weather
Although much of the early winter season had been mild in many places, January brought some...
Citizen Science Projects | 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count
Join a citizen science project! If you can count birds, bees, or garden bugs, you’ve got the skills...
Does the Sun Affect our Weather and Climate?
There have many arguments about whether or not variations in the Sun’s activity affect our weather...
The Old Farmer's Almanac and NOAA Predict a Less Severe Winter
Like clockwork, the weather forecasters at NOAA have released an update for their annual winter...
El Niño and La Niña
El Niño and La Niña are two faces of a large weather phenomenon. Here are a few frequently asked...
Climate, Change, and CO2: How Each Affects the Weather
We see the weather change every day; weather is the condition of the atmosphere over relatively...
What is Citizen Science?
Ready for a mind-expanding adventure? From testing water quality to reporting garden bugs, there’s...
Why a Warming World Could Turn Cold
A few months ago, I discussed the challenges that forced me to modify the methodology that I use in...
The Cooling Effect of the Sun
As Earth continues to warm, lower solar radiation may ease the heat’s impact—temporarily. Let’s...
The Beautiful Earth From Above
One of the joys of working with weather is that I also work with satellite pictures—to see our...
More Record-Setting Weather Patterns
There were a record number of high and low temperatures across the U.S. and Canada in 2016—and the...
A Winter for the Record Books
As I write this, winter 2016–2017 has been mild across nearly all of the country, with above-normal...
The Blob is Back! Will Winter Be Warmer?
It’s Back! The “Cold Atlantic Blob” is once again haunting the North Atlantic. It may sound like a...
Duel in the Pacific
It’s the fight of the century (or at least the year)! The winner decides where we have winter...
Teleconnections and Oscillations
Sometimes there is a change in Earth’s atmosphere or oceans that disrupts typical weather patterns...
La Nada: A Whole Lot of Nothing
Welcome to a whole lot of Nothing, or La Nada, a climate phenomenon that causes relatively normal...
How Weather Satellites Have Made Dinner Safe
Weather satellites do more than track the Earth’s skies; they also observe the oceans and keep us ...
Bye, Bye El Niño
Good bye Boy. The El Niño is on its way out. It brought more rain in some areas plus lower summer...
How Herring Runs Predict Spring Weather
Herring—they aren’t just for eating. Besides being the favorite snack for Northern Europe and...
El Niño – Will It Get Stronger or Weaker?
The El Niño is fading away! Yay! Considering the horrible weather that it brought, that’s a good ...
El Niño Weather and Wolves
For the first time in 91 years, wild wolves are in California. Scientists told people to expect...
Fire Rainbows and Fire Tornadoes
South Carolina reported seeing a “fire rainbow” on August 16, 2015. Then two days later, a “fire...
The Soggy Ring of Fire
“And it rains, rains, rains, That ring of fire, that ring of fire.” If you love country music, the...
Peek-A-Boo El Niño
California is in a horrible drought. Everyone was relieved last winter when they were told that...
One More Time! The Troubles with Predicting El Niño
It was so-o-o easy. Scientists would predict an El Niño. Boom—three months later, the El Niño would...
Fast Planes and Warmer Weather
Zip! This January, a passenger jet broke all records for crossing “The Pond”. A British Airlines...
El Niño: A Pack of Predictions
El Niño is coming! It’s going to be HUGE! No, it’s dying! No, it’s coming but it will be weak!...
Mysterious Craters-When Weather Plays a Crude Joke
When does exploring a mystery end up sounding like a crude joke? Scientists exploring a mysterious...
Salads and Chocolate: The El Niño Effect
With the rising price of salads, it’s harder to eat healthy. Here’s some good news—El Niño is ...
Hot, Hot, Hot: The Changing Pacific
The Tropical Pacific is thousands of miles away from the chilly Midwest. Despite the distance, the...
The Return of the NAO: The Crossing Guard of the Atlantic
It’s been cold in the South. Freezing temperatures, even snow, hit Florida. (Denver and Tampa had...
The Fight for Fall
The US and Canada are in for a real battle this autumn. Think of it as a battle of the heavyweights...
Blame Those Troublemaking MJOs
Are you already tired of the Atlantic hurricane season? Now that we have some El Niño conditions in...
Dreaming of El Niño Winter
I promised several readers last week that I would write about winter. There is nothing like a heat...
An August El Niño?
Today’s blog will be short and sweet. Do you want cooler temperatures and more rain? It may be ...
Wildfires, Smokey Bear, and the Deep Blue Pacific
This week, the largest wildfire in its history is scorching New Mexico. Nine Western states,...
El Nino to the Rescue?
For the first time on record, both the Atlantic and the East Pacific have had tropical storms form...
The Vanishing La Niña
Here is the good news. The La Niña is vanishing. One of the major factors that shaped the autumn...
The Extremely Weird La Niña
Despite a cool La Niña shaping global weather, here in North America the weather has been amazingly...