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The heat stays on: Earth hits 6th warmest year on record

Jan. 13, 2022 13:29 PM EST

Earth simmered to the sixth hottest year on record in 2021, according to several newly released temperature measurements. And scientists say the exceptionally hot year is part of a long-term warming trend that shows hints of accelerating. Two U.S. science agencies —...

Heavy rains, flooding in Bolivia kill at least 12 this month

Dec. 24, 2021 11:52 AM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Heavy rains in Bolivia this month have killed at least 12 people, flooded crops and damaged roads, according to authorities. Rainfall levels have surpassed records, and seven of Bolivia’s nine provinces have declared alerts for rain and flooding. The rainy...

Montana comes off 4th driest year on record amid drought

Dec. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — There’s an old weather adage that’s been passed over cups of coffee and glasses of beer for nearly a century: “It’s not a drought ’til it breaks your heart.” Today, the hearts of thousands of Montanans have broken across the bare back of one of...

Stormy weather means rainy, snowy California Christmas

Dec. 22, 2021 23:26 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain and snow showers fell in California on Wednesday in the first wave of a wet weather pattern that is expected to spread throughout the state and last through Christmas and into next week, forecasters said. Forecasters warned that holiday travel, especially...

Drought conditions plaguing much of North Carolina

Dec. 21, 2021 14:18 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The combination of an extended period of abnormally dry weather and above-normal temperatures has plunged much of North Carolina into drought, and projections for 2022 suggest conditions will not improve. “We had a very wet start to the year, dried out...

California faces week of storms, likely travel troubles

Dec. 20, 2021 19:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drought-stricken California is facing a week of heavy mountain snowfall and widespread rain from another series of the kind of storms that were not expected to be likely this fall and winter due to La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean. Successive waves of...

Federal report details fatal Kauai helicopter crash in 2019

Dec. 15, 2021 19:16 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board released an investigation report Wednesday on a fatal Hawaii tour helicopter crash that killed seven people. The report with more than 1,300 pages said an unusual weather pattern was present in the area on the day of the...

Snowier season expected for central, western North Dakota

Dec. 13, 2021 12:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Weather experts say central and western North Dakota will have a snowier winter than last year, though accumulation totals won't be that hard to beat. According to the National Weather Service, Bismarck had 16.7 inches (42 centimeters) of snow last winter...

EXPLAINER: Was tornado outbreak related to climate change?

Dec. 12, 2021 10:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The calendar said December but the warm moist air screamed of springtime. Add an eastbound storm front guided by a La Nina weather pattern into that mismatch and it spawned tornadoes that killed dozens over five U.S. states. Tornadoes in December are unusual, but...

Denver gets first snowfall after breaking 87-year-old record

Dec. 10, 2021 20:00 PM EST

Denver finally got its first snowfall of the season on Friday, shattering an 87-year-old record for the city's latest first snow. It wasn't much: The official measurement at the Denver International Airport was three-tenths of an inch (0.8 centimeters), according to Jim Kalina, a...