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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...
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...
La Niña: Good or Bad?
Here’s the news – La Niña, that cool pool of water in the Tropical Pacific, is back. It’s...
The Return of La Niña???!!!
La Niña might return. The huge Pacific weather event that shaped last winter and this year’s...
La Nada in the Pacific: A Whole Lot of Nothing
La Niña, that trouble-making cold spot in the Pacific, is gone and now we are being told to brace...
Ding, Dong, the Drought is Dead!
On March 30, the Jerry Brown, the new governor of California, announced that the state’s three-year...
La Niña's Goodbye Gift: Springtime Floods and Droughts
In Spanish, La Niña means “Little Girl”. Don’t let the cute name fool you. La Niña is one cold...
La Niñas, Arctic Oscillations, and Blizzards, Oh My!
Welcome to Weather Math 101. Today’s equation: 1 Strong La Niña + 1 Insane Arctic Oscillation = 1...
La Niña and Your Grocery Bill
This winter’s weather is being shaped by two enormous weather patterns—La Niña and the Arctic...
The Case for a Cool Climate
The science of forecasting solar cycles is nascent, burgeoning, and inexact. For example,...
How Oceans Chill the Air
Ocean temperatures are not constant. They vary from predominantly warm to predominantly cold over...
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