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Biden doubling spending to prepare for hurricanes, storms

 President Joe Biden announced Monday's he's doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events, while launching a new effort at NASA to better understand and track the impacts of climate change.

As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts

Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that walloped Texas in February, knocking out power and leaving millions in a deep freeze. Yet as the snow fell and the wind howled, some looked for other explanations for the storm and its resulting power outages.

Take smoky skies seriously, stay indoors

Wet springs and hot, dry summers provide the perfect setting for wildfires, and the Northwest is ablaze with significant fires in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Canada and Northern California.

Flood-weary Louisiana cleans house while search continues

Flood-weary residents cleaned out houses Saturday as search parties went door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

Cold-weather tips help during frigid temperatures

This weekend’s frigid weather brings a list of warnings and tips for Christmas shoppers, skiers, travelers and sports fans. Temperatures are far below norms. Saturday’s low will flirt with zero, far colder than the historical averages of 28 degrees to 33 degrees for early December, according to the National Weather Service.

Extreme weather creating headaches throughout globe

Last week I mentioned that evidence suggests that we’re in a global cycle of wide weather extremes that’s been the strongest such cycle in more than 1,000 years. Based on climatological history, this 70-year cycle of extremes is not expected to peak for another 25 years. Until then, we should continue to see more extreme heat, cold, drought and floods. No one will argue that this summer across much of the U.S., especially east of the Rockies, has been one of the hottest in recorded history.

2011 goes down as year of extremes across globe

Thanks to another strong La Niña, the cooler than normal sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean, global weather patterns were extreme in 2011. January through early April was the snowiest such span in recorded history for 5,500 cities throughout the U.S. More than 3 feet of snow was measured in January alone in New York City’s Central Park.

Worldwide, this crazy winter is one for the record books

As mentioned in previous articles, the winter of 2010-’11 has been one of the most severe across many parts of the globe. This includes the Inland Northwest as record snows fell in November. This winter, we’ve seen record rains and flooding in California, heavy snows during December and January in the eastern U.S. that recently dipped south into Atlanta. Thousands of commercial airline flights were canceled due to the severe conditions.

2010 had mild start but a cold, snowy finish

There’s little doubt that our cycle of wide weather extremes continues across the Inland Northwest and the rest of the world. Thanks to the cooler-than-normal, sea-surface temperature event in the south-central Pacific Ocean, La Niña, our region will be enduring another year of much above normal snowfall. However, January of 2010, thanks to El Niño, started off mild and practically snowless. The average temperature was 35.1 degrees, which was 7.1 degrees above normal. Only 1.4 inches of snow fell during the first month of 2010, very different from what I’m expecting for January of 2011.