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Chicago Weather: It's spring, but winter weather is back in the area
Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs
Higher fuel costs, storms drive down Delta profit
BLOG: Warm weather continues, rain could disrupt weekend plans - | WBTV Charlotte
Indiana lawmaker's proposed tax credit could save coal industry billions
Cool, dry Upstate...mountain snow
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This bat is the first to make it off the endangered species list. Celebrate with a shot of tequila.
2018-04-22 16:46:08 For 30 years, the lesser long-nosed bat languished on the endangered species list, the federal government’s sick ward for animals on the verge of being wiped out. Its story, like those of most animals on the list, was a downer. Researchers counted fewer than a thousand in 1988 as human development moved in on the bats’ habitat in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico   Read More ...
FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 16:01:22 We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend. While it does still look like the heaviest rain will be during Monday afternoon and evening, there will be several waves, and there actually could be some light rain in a few areas as early as this evening   Read More ...
Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal
2018-04-22 13:04:12 SAN FRANCISCO — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a windmill in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them. Since 2008, renewable energy has gone from 9% to 18% of the U   Read More ...
Electric power research center set for Purdue Discovery Park
2018-04-22 13:02:31 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A company that makes equipment for the electric power industry plans to build a research center at Purdue University's Discovery Park. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announced Thursday that it will build a 100,000-square-foot research center at the 40-acre technical park in West Lafayette that serves as Purdue's hub for interdisciplinary research. Company founder and Purdue alumnus Edmund O   Read More ...
Hot temperatures made these birds shrink
2018-04-22 13:01:33 Biologist Simon Griffith began his research career in his home country of Britain studying sparrows on Lundy Island, off the coast of England, “a particularly cold and windy place, where the sparrows would spend weeks huddling inside the barns to keep out of the horrible weather.” When he moved to Australia in 2003, he embraced the warm weather, especially the opportunity to make long road trips to his lab’s remote desert field site in the hot and arid center of the continent, about 800 miles west of Sydney   Read More ...
Chicago Weather: It's spring, but winter weather is back in the area
2018-04-19 08:00:27 A mix of rain, sleet and snow made for a messy Wednesday afternoon commute, as spring continued to feel more like winter across the Chicago area.   Read More ...
Extreme Heatwaves Killed Half of the Great Barrier Reef's Coral in Two Years, Study Says
2018-04-19 07:01:06 Global warming’s rapid desiccation of the Great Barrier Reef has taken an even more substantial — and permanent— toll than previously understood, a new study has found. Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system has died after two successive heat waves. Writing in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers warned of possible wide-scale collapse of reef ecosystems if global temperatures continue to rise   Read More ...
This towering ‘snow canyon’ is carved into one of the snowiest places on Earth
2018-04-19 06:46:31 There’s a mountain in Japan where the snow falls so heavily, they do not even attempt to clear it until spring. As much as 125 feet of snow falls on this mountain each year — around 1,500 inches. It is the snowiest place in Japan and probably one of the snowiest places on Earth. Tateyama (Mount Tate) is one of Japan’s three holy mountains, located on the west side of the country near the Sea of Japan   Read More ...
NM tops nation in wind-energy growth
2018-04-19 05:46:30 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico ranked as the nation’s fastest-growing state for wind-energy construction last year, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association. The state added enough new turbines to produce 571 megawatts of electricity, growing installed capacity by 51 percent to 1   Read More ...
A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted
2018-04-19 05:07:16 An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away, EarthSky.org reports. That’s closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles   Read More ...
Why Do Some Beer Bubbles Appear to Defy Physics? Science Finally Has an Answer
2018-04-19 05:07:06 Physics is a topic best not contemplated under the influence of alcohol. If the room looks like it’s spinning or a single image starts to look double, you can be sure that what you’re seeing is not the way the world really is. And yet even before your very first sip, there’s one screwy bit of physics that’s hard to deny: the bubbles in your glass of stout appear to be sinking   Read More ...
NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Satellite Is on a Quest to Find Alien Worlds
2018-04-19 05:04:18 (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon. The satellite — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess — will scan almost the entire sky for at least two years, staring at the closest, brightest stars in an effort to find and identify any planets around them   Read More ...
The Trump vs. California environmental fight nobody's talking about
2018-04-19 05:02:56 Dried-out mud crackles underfoot as David Lamfrom walks across Silurian Lake toward two lonely creosote bushes, which make for as good a destination as any in this sun-baked backwater of the California desert. Patches of yellow wildflowers decorate the flat, dry lake bed, which sits in a valley ringed by mountains, 20 miles from the nearest town. That would be Baker, population 735, best known for the world's tallest thermometer   Read More ...
Central Indiana city's parks now have lightning detectors
2018-04-19 05:02:09 NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana city hopes to keep visitors to its parks safe from lightning strikes with a system that detects them. The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday it has purchased AnythingWeather Communications' iStrike Lightning Detection System. Nine lightning detectors have been installed at golf courses, sports fields, pools and other sites. The system alerts park staff when lightning is detected within 20 miles   Read More ...
Spring snowstorms batter U.S.
2018-04-16 02:00:16 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email Spring snowstorms batter U.S. Twin snow throwers try to stay ahead of the snowfall along April Lane on April 15, 2018 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs
2018-04-16 00:17:16 KANUTI HOT SPRINGS — After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water. From the frozen Kanuti River, we moved along an open stream up toward Kanuti Hot Springs, one of more than 100 hot springs in Alaska. Except for the extreme northwest portion of the state, hot springs exist from Attu in the Aleutians to the northwest Brooks Range to as far south as you can get in Southeast   Read More ...
Letter: Climate change must be present in energy debates
2018-04-16 00:08:05 In the April 9 op-ed “Activists ignore energy security realities,” the author, Tom Sullivan, ignores any mention of climate change. Even when he states an “appeal in Massachusetts effectively blocked regulatory authority to approve funding for natural gas pipeline plans,” he fails to explain that the judge’s decision accepted the “necessity defense” for climate change. This acknowledged the risks imposed by climate change and the need to take bold action to try to stop it   Read More ...
BLOG: Severe weather causes damage, outages in WBTV viewing area - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-15 23:47:29 Our line of severe storms continues to race to the east, running a few hours ahead of schedule. While we had two separate tornado warnings between 3-4pm, there are currently no active tornado warnings. Wind damage has been reported, but one of the most significant impacts that is a little more unusual for this area is the large, golf-ball sized hail we've gotten reports of   Read More ...
BLOG: Severe weather, power outages affect WBTV viewing area - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-15 22:47:18 There is a Tornado Watch in effect until 7 p.m. for most of the area. The storms are racing to the northeast at about 55 mph however, the line itself is moving a bit slower. The whole line is moving east at about 10 mph. Western counties are starting to be cleared behind, rapidly pushing East of 77. At the same time, far eastern counties have been added to a Tornado Watch until 11 p   Read More ...
Cold, wet weather expected for Boston Marathon Monday
2018-04-15 21:04:28 Rain and cold weather is expected across Massachusetts and along the Boston Marathon route Monday. Some forecasts show sleet will fall in the Hopkinton area in the morning. The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect until about 9 p.m. Sunday. There is the potential for a light glaze of ice as pockets of freezing rain fall across the state   Read More ...
A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming
2018-04-15 21:03:48 A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests. Scientists say it will almost certainly continue shifting in coming decades, expanding the arid climate of the western Plains into what we think of as the Midwest. The implications for farming could be huge   Read More ...
The shipping industry is finally going to cut its climate change emissions. That’s a big deal.
2018-04-15 20:59:50 Member nations of the United Nations body charged with regulating shipping on the high seas adopted a first-ever strategy Friday to blunt the sector’s large contribution to climate change — bringing another major constituency on board in the international quest to cap the planet’s warming well below an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The strategy embraced by a committee of the International Maritime Organization would lower emissions from container ships, oil tankers, bulk carriers and other vessels by at least 50 percent by the year 2050 vs   Read More ...
Northern California in for cooler temperatures, some rain
2018-04-15 20:54:53 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Weather Service forecasts a small amount of rain and snow falling throughout Northern California. The NWS said Sunday that up to half an inch of rain could fall in the region overnight. Ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada are expecting a dusting of snow. Temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area are expected to drop into the 50s after an unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday   Read More ...
NWS: 2-inch hail, 'critical fire weather' possible in San Antonio area
2018-04-12 20:05:10 Severe thunderstorms, large hail and what the National Weather Service calls critical fire weather could visit the San Antonio area Friday night as a strong storm system, dry line and cold front move through the area, meteorologists said. There's a marginal chance of severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon to Friday evening along and east of the Interstate 35 corridor, according to the National Weather Service, who gave the forecast a 'low confidence' rating   Read More ...
Powerhouse storm to unleash heavy snow, tornadoes, fires and wild temperature swings
2018-04-12 19:00:21 A powerhouse April storm will bring a variety of wild weather to much of the U.S. from Friday through the weekend. On the colder side of the storm, heavy snow will cause blizzard conditions in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, with some spots getting up to 20 inches of snow. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause whiteout conditions due to the blowing snow, the National Weather Service in Rapid City, S   Read More ...
Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate being retired
2018-04-12 17:00:30 MIAMI — The names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. The new names will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season   Read More ...
This environmental group is launching its own satellite to learn more about greenhouse gas leaks
2018-04-12 16:47:25 When the Environmental Defense Fund told commercial space guru Tom Ingersoll that it wanted to launch a satellite to measure methane from oil and gas operations, he says his reaction was “Whoa! You guys want to do what?” Yet that’s what the EDF is doing. It is well on its way toward raising about $40 million. It has tapped into the work of Harvard University researchers to fine tune sensors   Read More ...
Southwest California to see strong winds
2018-04-12 16:46:26 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southwest California is in for a blast of winds that could cause damage and make travel dangerous. The National Weather Service says strong northwest to north winds will impact many areas Thursday through Friday morning as a weak cold front pushes through the region. Forecasters say a particular area of concern is the heavily traveled stretch of Interstate 5 in the mountains between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley   Read More ...
All-female engineer team tackles cleaning space station water
2018-04-12 16:00:52 LAS CRUCES — Wearing white lab coats and safety glasses, an all-female team of New Mexico State University students explained Tuesday their solution to a problem facing the International Space Station: how to remove certain contaminants from the vessel's drinking-water supply. The team of engineers, which dubbed itself "The Girls," took on the challenge late last year as part of a yearly design contest this week in Las Cruces   Read More ...
Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system
2018-04-12 16:00:27 Experts predict dramatic changes in weather across Europe, US and Africa as scientists warn circulation of the Atlantic Ocean is at its weakest point in more.   Read More ...
Higher fuel costs, storms drive down Delta profit
2018-04-12 14:48:31 Higher fuel costs and storms that drove flight cancellations caused Delta Air Lines’ profit to decline in the first quarter of the year. But that was offset by a 20 percent year-over-year increase in fuel expense and a $44 million toll from severe winter weather. The storms included Nor’easters that caused hundreds of flight cancellations in Boston, New York and other airports   Read More ...
BLOG: Warm weather ahead of weekend rain, First Alert Day issued - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-12 13:16:33 Sunshine Prevails Warm End To Week Split Decision on Weekend If you're a fan of warmer weather, you're going to love the much-advertised warming trend that's now well underway! As high pressure builds across the Southeastern U.S., it will tap into warm air currently over the central/southern Plains and send it in our direction over the next few days. As a result, we can expect temps gradually warming through the 70s Thursday afternoon, and then approaching 80 degrees by the time we hit Friday and Saturday   Read More ...
Another tornado confirmed in Kentucky during storms
2018-04-12 13:03:46 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The National Weather Service says survey crews have confirmed another tornado struck during widespread storms in Kentucky. The weather service said an EF-1, or moderate, tornado with peak winds of 90 mph hit near Wingo just after 7:30 p.m. April 3. The twister damaged trees, lofted a barn roof into a nearby field and moved an unoccupied mobile home about 4 feet off its foundation   Read More ...
Global warming is making ocean heat waves longer, slowing down underwater currents
2018-04-12 13:01:26 NASA has released new maps that detail the effects of climate change around the world. As several areas in the U.S. are facing a blizzard, much of the western world is abnormally hot. A pair of scientific studies released this week pinpoint how climate change is impacting the world's oceans. The first study notes that heat waves over the ocean have become longer and more frequent over the last century, harming marine life and coral reefs   Read More ...
Snow, severe thunderstorms and temperature whiplash — all in one storm this week
2018-04-12 12:59:41 It’s going to be a beautiful spring weekend in the Northeast. On Friday and Saturday, mostly sunny skies will push highs to around 80 degrees from Washington to New York City. It will be perfect weather for spending time outside and enjoying meals on the patio — until Sunday, at least. A strong spring storm is set to sweep across the Lower 48 in the second half of this week and will assuredly put an end to the beautiful spring weather that precedes it   Read More ...
Simple ways you can help protect biodiversity
2018-04-12 12:45:27 The threat to our environment and biodiversity seems daunting and overwhelming. But here are 12 simple things each of us can do to help protect the species on our planet. Recycle, reduce, reuse Be a mindful tourist Take reusable bags to the store Get a reusable water bottle Don’t order or buy overfished seafood Buy organic, shade-grown coffee Keep utensils, a coffee cup and cloth napkins at work Use wind farm or solar energy, if possible Don’t litter Go vegetarian at least once a week Reduce chemical use Walk when you can, or use public transportation   Read More ...
Tom Sullivan: Environmental activists ignore energy security realities
2018-04-09 10:02:51 By TOM SULLIVAN For the Monitor The willingness of environmental activists and their elected and appointed allies to ignore the drumbeat of bad news about the security and costs of the region’s energy supplies is a stunning abdication of responsibility for sound public policies to protect both the environment and the economy. While responsible environmental policies are necessary, to assume that somehow New Hampshire and New England can quickly move from natural gas to 100 percent renewable energy, while avoiding any new transmission to deliver renewable energy, is naïve and dangerous   Read More ...
The National Weather Service is replacing Alaska jobs with automated stations
2018-04-09 05:18:48 The National Weather Service said it will eventually save money and argues that no employees will be lost. Employee advocates say the technology misses out on key human observations that are important to national weather forecasting and Alaskan flight planning, and that the administration is being disingenuous about the jobs they are taking away from Alaskans. The National Weather Service plans to install the Finnish "Autosonde" stations to release weather balloons and collect data, beginning in the Southeast community of Annette next month, and ending with eight communities later in Nome, in August 2019   Read More ...
Hurricane season is coming with more than usual
2018-04-09 05:10:20 Turns out, Washington’s weather forecast isn’t the only one with predictions of hot air and high winds. The weather forecasting pros at Colorado State University have now dashed hopes that after the devastating hurricane season of 2017, ocean storms would take a calming break this year. Nope. Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and colleagues have a pretty good record of hurricane predictions. And they’re saying 14 named tropical storms, half of them becoming full-blown hurricanes (minimum winds of 74 mph)   Read More ...
How fake meat might feed your dog and help fight climate change
2018-04-09 05:10:20 By Larissa Zimberoff Bloomberg In America’s food-obsessed landscape, the quickest route to a new idea is to look for something already being done – and then make it vegan. Wild Earth Inc., a startup based in Berkeley, Calif., is doing that to pet food with lab-created proteins. Translated, that means fake meat for Fido. The stakes are far from small potatoes   Read More ...