| Jan 19, 2015
| 6:00 AM
With the Earth warming to record levels, it might seem like El Niño should be a permanent fixture – and knock down hurricanes every year.
The large-scale atmospheric pattern develops as a result of abnormal warming in the eastern Pacific –...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 12:33 PM
Despite the “polar vortex” that made news across much of the United States in 2014, last year was the warmest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, according to two reports released Friday.
The globe's average temperature of about...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Another uneventful season in the books.
"Relatively quiet," is how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described it in a postmortem, adding, "as was predicted."
For Florida, that means the season won't be remembered at all, other...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:12 PM
The Irvine City Council received a positive report Tuesday on drought preparedness as the state endures a continuing dry spell approaching historic proportions.
California is deep into its third year of drought conditions, according to the National...
| Nov 30, 2014
Just as forecasters predicted, the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Sunday, was a bit of a yawn.
Hampton Roads, in particular, was spared the high winds, flooding and property damage that hurricanes can inflict — despite an unusually...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 7:36 PM
For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.
Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:19 PM
The average surface temperature on Earth was higher in 2014 than at any time since scientists began taking detailed measurements 135 years ago.
The 1.4-degree Fahrenheit rise since 1880 confirms long-term warming patterns and renewed alarm about changes...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:19 AM
Did you know that it snows – frequently – not all that far from South Florida? But it’s not the usual white flakes that fall from the sky.
We’re talking about ocean snow, or the dead and decaying plants and animals that drift...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The beautiful weather is here, and I know all good boaters have made their New Year's resolutions.
What kind of resolutions do boaters make? And do the resolutions last at least until spring thaw?
Luckily Southern California's coastline doesn'...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 9:06 AM
Remember Hal, the naughty computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, two government supercomputers are about to become scary too – scary powerful, that is.
By this October, the supercomputers operated by the National Oceanic and...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 11:37 AM
As much of the United States, particularly in the East and the Great Lakes region, suffered through nasty winter weather Thursday, the latest meteorological data show that 2014, at least, ranked high on the warm record charts.
The weather caused deadly...