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NASA: Megadroughts in Southwest and Central US expected to increase in warming climate

A new NASA study this week shows the potential impacts of the warming climate on the occurrence of “megadroughts”, which are multi-year extreme droughts that have historically affected areas like California and the central part of the US.  (Tree ring analysis has shown that the Southeast has also experienced megadroughts…
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New cell phone forecast tool from the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has just announced a new “experimental” forecast app for smartphones that may make it easier to make short-term decisions on what to do around the farm and when to do it.  This app provides a variety of weather-related information in an easy to use format which…
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The Pineapple Express: More from the EDEN blog

After my post earlier this week about atmospheric rivers, I was pleased to see that the blog of EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) also posted a story on atmospheric rivers, also know as the “Pineapple Express”.  You can read their blog posting and view a neat animation at http://blogs.extension.org/edenotes/2015/02/11/weather-wednesday-the-pineapple-express/
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Did smoke from clearing farmland in Central America make the 2011 tornadoes worse?

A new study to be published in Geophysical Research Letters and described yesterday in National Geographic News indicates that smoke drifting north from burning farmlands in Central America may have enhanced the atmospheric instability on April 27, 2011, increasing the severity of already extreme tornadoes. A computer model which simulated…
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