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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.


Hurricane Matthew: Airlines offering travel waivers because of storm

Airlines are canceling some flights to the Caribbean and even the mainland U.S. as Hurricane Matthew is expected to spin toward Florida later this week.


Study: Earth’s roughly warmest in about 100,000 years

A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in …


Two tornados touch down hundreds of miles apart in Utah

Two tornados touched down hundreds of miles apart in Utah, damaging about two dozen buildings and knocking out power to thousands of people.


375 U.S. scientists slam Trump for threatening to abandon Paris climate accord

Earlier this year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked the ire of scientists and climate activists when he vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement” once in office. Now, hundreds …


Arctic sea ice ties second-lowest level ever recorded

Earlier this year, it appeared that we might be on pace for a startling new record in the Arctic. Back in May, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by …


‘Anything goes’ weather for Pacific Northwest winter

What kind of weather might the Northwest be in for this fall and winter? Well, one meaningful clue came when federal forecasters at the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center …


Bend weighs cost, benefits of climate plan

City leaders in central Oregon are considering adopting a plan to tackle climate change, but it’s not clear yet whether the plan’s benefits will outweigh its cost.


Mexico’s Baja battens down as Hurricane Newton approaches

Rapidly strengthening Tropical Storm Newton drenched parts of western Mexico on Monday as it headed north toward the Baja California peninsula, where it threatens to strike near the resorts of …


Hermine becomes a hurricane; storm surge expected in Florida

The storm bearing down on Florida’s northwest coast strengthened into Hurricane Hermine on Thursday afternoon and is on its way to becoming the first hurricane to strike Florida in 11 …


Hurricane churns toward Hawaii; people stock up, board up

Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food and water and seeking shelter …


Elderly Japanese among 11 dead in typhoon onslaught

Heavy rain from Typhoon Lionrock flooded towns across Japan’s north and left at least 11 people dead, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home who could not escape …


North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Business owners, beachgoers, and fishing captains on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were warily watching tropical weather Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.


Iceland’s Met Office: 2 earthquakes rock large volcano

Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanos.


Residents dig out after tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio

A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked …


Oregon’s drought conditions worsen during fifth dry year

Drought conditions in Oregon are worsening, even though the year’s precipitation has been close to average.


Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

The cod isn’t just a fish to David Goethel. It’s his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.


Two campers presumed dead found alive after flooding

U ANSTED, W.Va. – Two men who were presumed dead when a camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said …


Tropical Depression Bonnie dissipates after heavy rains

Tropical Depression Bonnie and its heavy rains dissipated over South Carolina on Monday, as a wet Memorial Day holiday weekend comes to an end in the area.


Coal program on agenda for Seattle meeting

The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public input for its review of the federal coal program.


Cloud-seeding program to continue in Idaho

Idaho water managers say they will step up funding for a cloud seeding program that’s already been credited with increasing the state’s mountain snowpack.