Winter Superstorms in U.S. and Europe (Jan 3 2018)

A powerful Nor’Easter is forming off the East Coast of the U.S., while temperatures in Florida outpace those in Anchorage, Alaska. Meanwhile powerful storms swept through western Europe, France, the U.K., Ireland, Netherlands, and Germany. One difference are the rather mild temperatures in Europe compared to U.S. Arctic cold. The storm Eleanor sweeps France with…

Winter Superstorms and Global Warming

Cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/02/monster-storm-to-blast-east-coast-before-polar-vortex-uncorks-tremendous-cold-late-this-week Animation of low-level wind speed showing the development of the massive circulation https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/948311209970978822 Hansen: Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/acp-16-3761-2016.pdf Midweek snow and arctic cold on the way https://www.njtvonline.org/news/uncategorized/wrath-winter-midweek-snow-arctic-cold-way All day Thursday meteorologists are going to be glued…

Thomas Fire approaches Santa Barbara

The Thomas Fire ranks as the third-largest in California’s history with 267,500 acres burned, could become largest on record. Video footage by Mike Eliason https://twitter.com/EliasonMike NWS Los Angeles GOES 16 visible (red band) imagery shows smoke from the #ThomasFire flowing over the Channel islands https://twitter.com/NWSLosAngeles/status/942183115321200641 Thomas Fire Likely to Become Largest in California History https://robertscribbler.com/2017/12/17/thomas-fire-likely-to-become-largest-in-california-history…

Arctic Sea Ice and Permafrost Status Report 2017

The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, affecting people in the region, fish and wildlife they depend on for food, and their environment. This unprecedented change has ramifications far beyond the region for the global economy, weather, climate, sea level, trade and security. Watch the full Arctic Report 2017 AGU press conference…

Worst Ever Wildfire California Extreme Footage Compilation

Dry weather and merciless winds, with gusts predicted to reach the strength of a Category 1 hurricane in mountainous areas, threaten to intensify the already devastating Southern California wildfires. A value of 48 is considered high danger, while 162 is extreme. Thursday’s score: 296, a record. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/07/us/ventura-fire-california/index.html L.A. County Fire Department https://twitter.com/LACoFDPIO Terrence McKelvey &…

Rupert Murdoch’s LA home Burning down in Record Wildfire

The home of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, located on a vineyard outside of Los Angeles, is “burning down” in Southern California’s wildfires, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday. http://thehill.com/homenews/media/363573-report-rupert-murdochs-la-home-burning-down-in-wildfire California Increased Wildfire Risk http://www.climatesignals.org/climate-signals/california-increased-wildfire-risk Smoke and Fire in Southern California https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=91379 Rupert Murdoch doesn’t understand climate change…

Rare December Thomas Fire, conditions remain Critical

From Santa Barbara to San Diego, California’s coastal cities and mountains are on high alert this week, as an unusually prolonged bout of Santa Ana winds blowing toward the coast will lead to a multi-day period of extremely dangerous fire weather. https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/extreme-weeklong-fire-threat-puts-southern-california-edge ThomasFire is currently 31,000 acres with 150 structures destroyed https://twitter.com/VCFD_PIO/status/938010468639154176 Neighborhood homes destroyed…

More Droughts and Floods than previously Known. Effects.

Richard Damania, Lead Economist of Water Global Practice, The World Bank speaks at keynote event October 2017. What are the effects of droughts and floods on firms, farms and families? They are more significant and numerous than previously known. New data reveals how increasingly erratic rainfall, poorly managed water supplies, and deepening water deficits can…

Why forests *really* matter for climate change


Forest conservation has long been seen as a way of mitigating climate change, but across the world, natural landscapes are increasingly threatened by industrial development and urbanisation. According to the organisation Redd+, deforestation primarily in the tropical regions contributes a remarkable 10% of annual global CO2 emissions. https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2017/11/14/forests-matter-climate-change-cop23

Super Flash Flood Hits Greece (Footage Compilation)

At least 15 people are dead and a dozen injured after overnight downpours caused sudden and catastrophic flooding in cities outside Athens, according to Reuters. In western cities like Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, citizens lost homes, cars and businesses. Forecasters expect more rain tonight. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564576504/deadly-floods-devastate-western-greek-cities Part of the footage via Understanding Climate Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSzYz54q9g…