January 8, 2013 |
Last year was the hottest year on record for the contiguous 48 states, marked by near-record numbers of extreme weather events such as drought, wildfire, tornadoes and storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual report, State of the Climate, NOAA reported that the average annual temperature was 55.3 degrees - 3.3 degrees greater than the average temperature for the 20th century. It was also a full degree higher than the previous record-high temperature, set in 1998 - the biggest margin between two record-high temperatures to date.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Much of the West continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions, raising the prospect of another year of wildfires, stunted crops and unnavigable stretches of river in various parts of the country, according to a federal assessment. More than two-thirds of the country is under abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, "which, although serious, is a slight improvement since fall 2012," said the National Drought Early Warning Outlook. While the report said the drought was over in most of the nation east of the Mississippi River, the portion of the country still facing drought - most of the West and Florida - should expect it "to persist or intensify.
December 24, 2012 |
Tornadoes and wildfires. Droughts and hurricanes. The United States saw almost every sort of calamity this year as 11 billion-dollar natural disasters struck the country. Superstorm Sandy hit New York, ruined parts of the New Jersey coast and closed the New York Stock Exchange for two straight days -- the first time such a shutdown had happened since 1888. The country suffered its worst drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. With the year coming to a close, 2012 looks like it won't beat last year for the number of separate billion-dollar disasters that traumatized various parts of the country: 2011 saw 14 massive calamities, a record.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog near the Golden Gate Bridge of today. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- successor to the agency that made the initial find by dragging a wire across the ocean floor -- announced the wreck has been located again. NOAA officials said they will share the story of the City of Chester through a planned waterfront exhibit at the San Francisco headquarters of the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
January 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Last year was marked by extremes in precipitation around the country, with unusually wet weather east of the Rockies and drought worsening in the West, particularly California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual State of the Climate report, NOAA said California had its driest year on record in 2013, after receiving only 32.8% of its average annual precipitation. But the drought that extended over 61% of the country in January shrank to only 31% by December.
July 15, 1998 |
The first half of this year was the warmest six months ever recorded globally and July is likely to set a record as well, federal climate experts said Tuesday. "There is no time in recorded data history that we have seen this sequence of record-setting for six consecutive months," said James Baker, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He called the findings "remarkable and sobering."