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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 —...

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...

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...

EXPLAINER: Stuck jet stream, La Nina causing weird weather

Dec. 04, 2021 12:53 PM EST

America’s winter wonderland is starting out this season as anything but traditional. The calendar says December but for much of the country temperatures beckon for sandals. Umbrellas, if not arks, are needed in the Pacific Northwest, while in the Rockies snow shovels...

Phoenix on cusp of breaking November heat record set in 1949

Nov. 30, 2021 00:15 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix is on track to finish a warmer than usual month of November, the National Weather Service said. If temperatures hit at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) Tuesday, meteorologist said Phoenix will have had 25 days at 80 degrees or...