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“Are you ready for a 35-year drought?”

That was the headline this morning on a Yahoo News story about the California drought.  A new study coming out in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate indicates that the possibility of a decade-long drought in the Southwest could be as high as 90 percent, and there is even…
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Erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea could lead to cooler climate for several years

Volcanologists and climatologists are watching the current eruption of  Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea closely to see how long and intense the current eruption lasts.  The volcano erupted so strongly on Friday that Qantas airline had to reroute flights between Sydney and Tokyo as well as Sydney and Shanghai…
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How do this summer’s temperatures stack up?

Climate Central has a new graphing tool which shows how this summer compares to temperatures in previous summers.  There are just a few cities in the Southeast but it is fun and interesting to see how temperatures varied across the US.  You can access the tool at https://www.climatecentral.org/news/us-summer-temperatures-comparison-17942. (Note that…
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Weak relationship between drought and pine productivity seen

The blog from the State Climate Office of North Carolina posted a new story today about some summer research done on the relationship between total net primary productivity (TNPP) of pines and drought indices.  The research explored statistical correlations between various drought indices like the Palmer Drought Severity Index and…
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