| Mar 2, 2015
| 8:09 AM
February 2015 ended in Baltimore with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees, the coldest for that month since 1934 and for any month since 1989.
Only three times has a month been colder here: in February 1934, when temperatures averaged 24.3 degrees at...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 2:57 AM
Saturday's below-zero temperatures at O'Hare International Airport trumped a record low of zero degrees set in 1884, capping a month that tied the coldest February on record -- that of 1875.
National Weather Service officials said temperatures at O'Hare...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 10:38 AM
The cold is going to have to kick it down another level if it wants to break a record for February.
As of midnight, the average temperature for the month was 15.8 degrees, nearly 12 degrees below normal but still 1.2 degrees shy of the coldest...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 12:57 PM
While the East looks like a scene from Disney's "Frozen," California is in the midst of its warmest winter for at least 120 years.
The average temperature was 47.8, 5.1 degrees warmer than the 20th century average temperature of 42.7 from December to...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:56 PM
Dear Tom, SLK
The expected end-of-the-week warmup sounds a lot like the "January thaw." Do statistics support its existence?
— Richard L. Ettlinger, Highland Park
They do. The "January thaw" is a weather singularity, an event...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 2:14 PM
The data are back and what climate experts predicted was indeed true – 2014 was the hottest year on record in California.
According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, the average temperature...
| 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...
| 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 –...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 1:22 PM
After years of historically low rain totals and record-setting temperatures, California’s drought situation is looking ... less awful.
The latest evidence of this is a patch of southeastern California near Lake Havasu and the Colorado River. But...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:00 AM
There's an upside to the polar vortex bearing down on Chicago: a wind discount. One boutique hotel is offering room discounts tied to the wind speed measured each Wednesday in the Windy City.
The Hotel Lincoln at 1816 N. Clark St. will take the...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If the summer of 2014 felt unusually warm to you, you were right -- at least on a global level.
From June through August of 2014, the average temperature of our planet was 62.78 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1.28 degrees higher than the 20th century average,...