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Assessing the U.S. climate in January 2022

Photo: NOAA

During January, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 31.0°F, 0.9°F above the 20th-century average, ranking in the middle third of the 128-year record and was the coolest January since 2014.


New study predicts huge increase in catastrophic hurricanes for the northeast

By Rebecca Hersher Photo: Chuck Burton/AP

Hurricanes that cause both extreme high tides and heavy rain are among the most dangerous and destructive types of storms for coastal communities. Such hurricanes will occur much more frequently by the end of the century, according to a new study.


Add ‘Climate Hazards’ to Your Home-Buyer’s Checklist

By Debra Kamin Graphic: Stuart Bradford

As global temperatures increase and sea levels rise, home shoppers are looking at more than just location, price and the number of bedrooms when exploring properties. They are also wondering about the risk of natural disaster, and what that risk might mean for a home’s value over time.


Q: How is global warming linked to extreme weather?

A: The impacts of global warming are being felt across the globe. The earth’s rising temperatures are fueling longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes. The earth’s ocean temperatures are getting warmer, too—which means that tropical storms can pick up more energy. So global warming could turn, say, a category 3 storm into a more dangerous category 4 storm. Extreme heat waves have also caused tens of thousands of deaths around the world in recent years. And in an alarming sign of events to come, Antarctica has been losing about 134 billion metric tons of ice per year since 2002. This rate could speed up if we keep burning fossil fuels at our current pace, some experts say, causing sea levels to rise several meters over the next 50 to 150 years. More at NRDC


Q: What was the economic price of extreme weather in 2018?

A: Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage, twice the number of billion dollar disasters than the US had in an average year over the last 40 years or so. More at the Washington Post