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Forecasts for this past winter were mostly awful. Blame the fickle Pacific Ocean.

Predicting the weather for winter many weeks before it begins is hard. If any season proved there is a long way to go in perfecting such long-term outlooks, this winter …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t a shortage of the fuel to dig or even climate change regulations but cheap and abundant natural gas. Gas prices dropped as advances in …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal

Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Trump plans would reverse Obama’s climate push

President Donald Trump plans to sign a far-reaching executive order Tuesday to promote domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change.


Severe storms in forecast for U.S. much of this week

The springtime severe weather season is ramping up with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes in the forecast nearly every day this week, including in parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and …


Arctic sets record for low levels of sea ice

Floating sea ice at the top of the world has set another troubling record for its low spatial extent, shattering a prior record set just two years ago for this …


Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said …


Global carbon emissions stayed flat in 2016

This week has carried tough blows for the environment, in the form of a White House budget proposal that would slash funding for a variety of climate, energy and environment-related …


Americans’ worries about global warming are rising

Public concern about climate change in the U.S. is at an all-time high, according to a new Gallup survey – although not too high. Forty-five percent of the poll’s respondents …


California scientists worry that Trump will interfere with climate data

The University of California, San Diego, may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data because of growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work.


After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds

The average statewide snowpack for Oregon is well above normal for March after a harsh winter that featured heavy snow across much of the state. However, hydrologists warn that an …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Hundreds of homes damaged in tornado-laden Midwest storm

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said dozens of tornadoes struck overnight in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. The National Weather Service was assessing the exact number and strength …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February

A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.


California billionaire donates $5M to San Jose flood relief

A California billionaire has donated $5 million for flood relief efforts in San Jose.


Illinois man dies, raising Midwestern storm death toll to 4

A northern Illinois man has died after being struck by a tree during a powerful Midwestern storm, raising the death toll for the regional storms to four.


Chicago records no snow on ground in January, February for 1st time in 146 years

For the first time in 146 years, the National Weather Service documented no snow on the ground in Chicago in January and February – a record that put a spring …


Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people as it spawned tornadoes and damaged dozens of homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 5:55 p.m.

Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of U.S.

Spring has sprung early in much of the U.S., bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about climate gone askew. Scientists said Tuesday this could be a potentially record …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first …


Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California

Northern California was battered by another atmospheric river that produced record rainfall and wind gusts that reached 199 mph. The dramatic gusts were recorded high in the Sierra Nevada, where …


How do you cool a city in a warming world?

Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. In Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for five days …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

1 dead, others stranded as storm lashes California

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, stranded others in flooded areas and …


Trump named as defendant in youths’ climate lawsuit

A group of youths who say the government has endangered their future with climate change has added President Donald Trump to the list of people and corporations they blame.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Northeast hit by its biggest snowstorm of the winter

The biggest storm to hit the Northeast this winter dropped a foot or more of snow along the New York-to-Boston corridor Thursday, turning roads treacherous, grounding flights and giving millions …


Report: Oregon lagging behind on climate goals

A new report has found that Oregon is not reducing greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet its goals.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m.

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Stranded horse in rural Idaho rescued with helicopter

One of two horses found stranded in rural central Idaho was rescued with the help of a group of volunteers and a helicopter. Volunteers with Idaho Horse Rescue on Tuesday …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

At least four reported dead in California storms

Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and …


How L.A. went from bone-dry to 216 percent above average rainfall in four months

According to the latest federal maps, Southern California is still in a drought. But the dry conditions that have mired the region for more than five years have definitely shifted …


Hawaii’s Lanai Island dark after windstorm knocks out power

The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai has not had electrical service since Saturday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles.