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U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.


California braces for ‘once-in-10-year’ storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

Sierra travelers trapped by back-to-back storms that dropped more than 2 feet of snow have a brief window to pass, before the arrival of a weather system Saturday so wet …


California snowpack measures low, but big storms coming

Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as …


Winter storm weakens, but thousands still without power

The furious winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day weakened Tuesday, but thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan.


Dangerous wind chills puts parts of U.S. in deep freeze

Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 below in parts of the region made for some …


Dangerous wind chills, snow in Midwest; cold grips Northeast

Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring several inches of snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast …


Arctic just had its warmest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists report

The Arctic saw the warmest temperatures ever recorded in 2016, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Frigid air spills into Lower 48 this week, in two brutal waves

Two shots of bitter cold air blast into the Lower 48 this week. In some areas, temperatures will drop more than 30 degrees below normal with punishing wind chills well …


Messy commute as snow, freezing rain, rain move eastward

Snow, freezing rain and rain made for a messy commute and closed hundreds of schools Monday as a winter storm pushed eastward.


Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Department workers

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is asking Energy Department employees detailed questions about the agency’s operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on …


Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of …


Extreme rainfall risks could increase under climate change, scientists warn

U.S. residents may want to start preparing for a stormier future, scientists say. According to a new study, future climate change could cause an increase in extreme precipitation events throughout …


1st U.S. offshore wind farm to begin production within days

There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.


Cars line up to get into wildfire-ravaged Tennessee city

Cars, trucks and business vans lined up Friday on a curvy mountain road, waiting to enter the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg to get a first look at what remains of …


Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms

Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of …


Great Barrier Reef sees record coral deaths this year

Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Tuesday.


Odd pattern brings rare November tornadoes to Iowa, Nebraska

Meteorologists say warmer weather has brought unusual November weather to Iowa and Nebraska: tornadoes.


Deep South under severe weather threat through Wednesday

After weeks of punishing drought, the Deep South will get some much-needed precipitation in at least some areas this week, according to weather officials.


Svalbard sees ‘shocking’ temperatures near freezing point

The Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has seen such extreme warmth this year that the average annual temperature could end up above freezing for the first time on record, scientists said …


Otto enters Pacific after devastation, 9 dead in Costa Rica

Tropical Storm Otto killed at least nine people in Costa Rica and then headed into the Pacific Ocean Friday after making landfall as the southernmost hurricane on record to hit …


Late-season storm Otto becomes hurricane; 3 dead in Panama

Late-season storm Otto strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as civil defense officials reported three deaths in Panama amid heavy rain and Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from …


Trump wants to dump the Paris climate deal, but 71 percent of Americans support it, survey finds

Since the election of Donald Trump as president, climate change has rushed to the front of the news because of Trump’s pledges to wipe away major U.S. attempts to address …


Four rescued as autumn storms bring rain, snow to California

A team of firefighters using boats rescued four people trapped on an island of the raging Los Angeles River early Monday after a storm gorged rivers and knocked out power …


Late-season Tropical Storm Otto forms in southwest Caribbean

Late-season Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the coming days.


Earth’s warm October not record; 2016 likely record hot

While last month merely tied for the world’s third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists said Thursday.


2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out …


Study blames low 2015 Western U.S. snowpack on high temperatures

Scientists looked at snow-measurement sites in California, Oregon, Washington, western Nevada and western Idaho. They found that in 2015, more than 80 percent of those sites experienced record low snowpack …


Cool: Earth’s 16-month record heat streak finally ends

Federal meteorologists say Earth’s 16-month streak of record high temperatures is finally over.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 3:58 p.m.

Floodwater rises in N.C., threatening thousands who live downstream

Rivers are rising to record crests in North Carolina after more than 17 inches of rain fell during Hurricane Matthew. Water rose over a levee on the Lumber River in …


EU ratification to make Paris climate deal a reality

The European Union ratified the international Paris agreement on climate change late Tuesday, fulfilling the second and final condition for the accord to go into force later this year.