Washington, DC – In early February, Punxsutawney Phil, the nation’s most famous groundhog, saw his shadow and “predicted” six more weeks of winter for the U.S. He couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, an unseasonably warm February helped to boost winter temperatures for most areas east of the Rocky Mountains. And while parts of the … Continue reading U.S. Had 2nd Warmest February and 6th Warmest Winter On Record
Washington, DC – If the climate records of late 2016 were any indication, January 2017’s balmy global temperatures — and record-small polar ice extents — will come as no surprise. January’s average global temperature was 1.58ºF above the 20th Century average of 53.6 degrees, according to the analysis by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. … Continue reading January 2017 Was the Globe’s 3rd Warmest Ever
Washington, DC – Are record snowstorms proof that global warming isn’t happening? The short answer is no, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In fact, rising global temperatures may actually be contributing to increasing snowstorm intensity. Snowstorms require two things: moisture and freezing air temperatures. There are plenty … Continue reading Record Snowstorms Don’t Dispel Theory of Global Warming
Alta, UT – On what should have been Alta Ski Area’s opening weekend on Saturday, a handful of skiers burned wooden skis in a sacrificial offering to the Norse god of winter, while skiers and riders hit a homemade kicker built on a strip of man-made snow above the resort’s Wildcat base. They were all celebrating Ullr’s overdue return … Continue reading Warm Autumn Frustrates Western Skiers
Washington, DC – Climate forecasters with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are officially back on board with La Niña. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued their U.S. Winter Outlook on Thursday, saying that La Niña is expected to influence winter conditions this year. After dismissing the idea of a La Niña pattern … Continue reading NOAA Issues Winter Weather Outlook
Washington, DC – Leaves are changing, and temperatures are dropping…but when’s it going to snow? Snowfall has already graced some higher elevations in the western U.S. this year, but we know that you’re anxiously awaiting the first flakes in your own neck of the woods. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an … Continue reading So, When’s It Going to Snow?
State College, PA – Skiers and snowboarders frustrated by last winter’s record-setting warm and dry conditions in the Northeast and Midwest will likely rejoice, after hearing Accuweather’s forecast for the winter ahead. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has downgraded the strength of the La Niña event predicted for this winter. In an outlook … Continue reading Accuweather Predicts Cold, Snowy Winter in the Northeast