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Speaking of Meltdown: Arctic Ice Reaches Maximum, Begins Seasonal Melt

On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average … Continue reading

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Red River Rising

Well, not yet, but soon. This year’s record snowpack fell on saturated frozen ground. If spring rains melt it all at once, residents along the Red will face record-breaking floods. There is a huge amount of snow on the ground … Continue reading

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Drought + Floods + Heat = Rising Price of Food

The drought in China’s major wheat production area is continuing, and now approaches the worst in two centuries. China may not be able to feed itself. If China is forced to import wheat, this will put still more pressure on … Continue reading

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Welcome to Fargo! Here’s Your Bag, There’s The Sand, Fill ‘er Up, You Betcha…

  There is a huge amount of snow on the ground in North Dakota along the tributaries of the Red River, thanks to fall precipitation that was 150% – 300% of normal, and winter snows that have dumped up to … Continue reading

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Weather: The Outer Limits

Jeff Masters, in a post two days ago, noted that the temperature in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, went from -28 F on 10 February  to 82 F on 17 February, a swing of 110 degrees within a week. A 100+ degree temperature … Continue reading

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“OOOOOOOOklahoma, Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain…”

Cold air pouring in behind yesterday’s remarkable snowstorm over northeast Oklahoma has brought unprecedented cold to the state this morning, with a bone-chilling -31°F recorded at Nowata and -28°F at Bartlesville. These are the coldest temperatures ever measured in Oklahoma. Wunder Blog … Continue reading

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Anomalies Anomalous

Residents of Florida might have noticed, they had a particularly cold winter. The blue blip along the southeast U.S. coast indicates readings between 3°C and 6°C (5.4–10.8°F) below average for the 30-day period as a whole. That’s noteworthy—and in fact, … Continue reading

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“We Shall be Winnowed by So Rough a Wind…”

Paul Krugman on the global food crisis: World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils. These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation, … Continue reading

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Amazon Drought Releases More CO2 Than US

A Sink Becomes a Source A new study in Science predicts that last year’s drought in the Amazon rainforest, its worst on record, will lead to carbon emissions of about 8 billion metric tons by the end of this year, or 2.6 … Continue reading

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The Groundhog Day Blizzard Enters the Record Books

Jeff Masters: The most remarkable feature of this storm was its sheer size. Twenty-two states received snows of five inches or more,and over 100 million Americans experienced snow or freezing rain. Antioch, Illinois recorded the most snow of any location in … Continue reading

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