| 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 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...
| 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 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...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 6:00 AM
After one of the coldest winters in decades, an unusually comfortable spring and summer, and wintry late-fall weather, 2014 ended as Baltimore's coldest year since 2003.
Temperatures averaged 54 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood...
| 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...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
So how many more storms like the ones California experienced this week would it take to end the drought?
The easy answer is: a lot. But the more complex answer involves looking at historic rain patterns and reservoir levels in different parts of the...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 7:16 PM
What was the city's greatest temperature deviation from normal on any day in its history?
— Allen Moody, Island Lake
The date was Christmas Eve in 1983, the coldest day in Chicago's history based on the average temperature....
| Dec 15, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Get ready for a lot of bad hair days in the months ahead.
South Florida tends to see its breeziest weather during the dry season because of the steady arrival of cold fronts, the National Weather Service said.
Yet overall, Florida is one of the least...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 11:49 AM
As the biggest rainstorm in years slams into California, some are wondering how much it will mitigate California's epic drought.
The rain will definitely help. But by any measure, the drought is far from over.
The storm is expected to dump 2 to 8...