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SST anomalies in the boreal winter
August 3, 2018

A coupling in Pacific dynamics has been increasing in observational records between 1950–2017, leading to more frequent occurrences of multi-year warm events like the marine heatwave of 2014–15

Megadrougth schematic and teleconnections
July 16, 2018

To improve estimates of risks associated with megadroughts, researchers look at improving the understanding of ENSO/AMO behavior, their teleconnections, and their response to volcanic eruptions in climate models.

Hurricane Harvey and Louisiana flood
June 18, 2018

Regional model simulations suggest that post-1980 warming in both the ocean and atmosphere resulted in an estimated 20% increase of the accumulated precipitation for Hurricane Harvey. 

Future heat wave regions in the US
March 23, 2018

Climate change will drive more frequent and extreme summer heat waves in the western US by late the 2020s, the Great Lakes region by the mid-2030s, and in the northern and southern Plains by the 2050s and 2070s, respectively.

Atlantic hurricanes
December 11, 2017

Using observations and a coupled Earth system model, a new study shows that the decline of the Atlantic major hurricane frequency during 2005–2015 is associated with a weakening of the AMOC.

map showing anomalies in SST and total soil water
August 1, 2017

Researchers have developed a state-of-the-art drought and wildfire prediction system, showing the multi-year predictive skills of drought and wildfire conditions beyond the typical timescale of seasonal climate forecast models. 

Monthly changes strength of the zonal flow
July 6, 2017

Looking at modeling simulations, researchers explore how various characteristics of the mid-latitude atmospheric circulation evolve over the 21st-century and find that changes are sector-dependent.

Warm Blob
March 3, 2017

New research shows the extent and development of 'the Blob' using satellite surface temperature data to reveal warm temperature anomalies appearing as early as March 2014 in the central and southern California coast, and eventually extending to the entire West Coast and dissipating in August 2016.

Hurricanes more likely to weaken along the US coast during active periods
January 6, 2017

A new study shows that when conditions in the deep tropics are good for hurricane intensification, they are bad along the US coast. This sets up a barrier around the US coast during active hurricane periods that inhibits hurricanes from strengthening and usually causes them to weaken.

Ground water levels over time
April 22, 2016

Many people were counting on the strong El Niño this winter to produce surplus water to recharge the groundwater and make up for what’s been pumped out due to the severe drought. However, a new study found that the groundwater level in California’s Central Valley has continued to decline even when drought has recovered.

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