| Sep 17, 2014
| 2:51 PM
This year is on track to be the hottest year in California since record-keeping began roughly 119 years ago, scientists announced Wednesday.
Prolonged drought and increasing temperatures over the last four decades have resulted in the warmer...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Does a wind forecast of 15 to 25 mph mean steady winds of 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph? What is the interpretation?
— Jimmy White, Chicago
It is the nature of wind speeds to vary — to increase abruptly to brief gusts...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:19 AM
Almost daily thunderstorms soaked Broward in July, a pattern that should continue for the rest of this week. But it was also abnormally steamy – with record heat in Fort Lauderdale.
The average temperature for July, recorded at Fort Lauderdale-...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 3:48 PM
GRISWOLD — To Jim Bardia, the path to a better wind turbine is the same as the one to a faster race car.
It is incremental improvements here and there that shave seconds from a lap time and cents from a kilowatt hour.
Bardia, a former race car...
| May 14, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Finally, the federal climate watchdogs got it right. The just-released U.S. National Climate Assessment avoids pie-in-the-sky abstractions like "saving the planet before it's too late" and instead concentrates on regional changes affecting our lives...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:00 PM
A developing El Nino is forecast to suppress tropical storms and hurricanes this summer and fall, contributing to a below-normal storm season, U.S. forecasters said Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts eight to 13...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:21 AM
A stalled rainy system is forecast to make for a wet and cool end to April, likely a third consecutive month with more than 4 inches of precipitation here.
As much as 2-3 inches of rain could fall across Maryland over the next week, according to...
| Aug 9, 2014
A recent column stated that the brutally hot 1988 summer didn't even make the city's top 10 hottest list. What was the city's hottest summer?
— Peter Koss
Chicago's hottest summer title belongs to the summer of 1955,...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 2:11 PM
The first seven months of this year have been the warmest on record for California, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters averaged high and low temperatures from January to July for the entire state this year and recorded an average...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:47 AM
Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a "normal" climate, scientists said.
"Because the last three decades have...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 8:16 AM
Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a new study from Australia.
Temperature, humidity, wind direction, precipitation and air pressure were not linked to the onset of lower back pain among close...