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El Niño Expected to Strengthen, Bring Wild Weather Across US
A comparison of sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific in 1997 (a strong El Nino year) and 2015.
November 16th, 2015
This year's particularly strong El Niño is expected to get even stronger before it's done.
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Predicting El Niño Devastation, Weeks in Advance
Trinity Lake
May 30th, 2015
No, El Niño is not the source of every weather crisis, but it can be devastating, and researchers have uncovered a new clue that may help predict how bad things can get.
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Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West
high-voltage power lines
May 18th, 2015
The West should "climate proof" its power grid or risk electricity shortages, a new study says.
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Snakebites in Costa Rica Rise Along with El Niño Cycles
a female Terciopelo snake in Costa Rica
September 11th, 2015
Snakebites in Costa Rica spike during El Niño and La Niña as venomous snakes respond to changes in the weather and climate.
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Jet Stream Steers Atlantic Currents
May 28th, 2015
The jet stream off the East Coast of the United States controls an important climate pattern in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Snapshot of a Storm: Scientists Capture 1st 'Image' of Thunder
May 6th, 2015
For the first time, scientists have imaged thunder, shedding light on the physical processes that create it.
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Zap! New Map Charts Every Lightning Bolt
Map of Lightning Strikes
April 2nd, 2015
A new map shows the distribution of lightning strikes across the Earth over the past two decades.
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El Niño Brings Wet Summer to Plains; Western Drought Continues
May 21st, 2015
The West can expect its warm and dry weather to continue through the summer, while the central Plains will be relatively cool and wet.
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Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West
The King Fire in the Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests
May 5th, 2015
Forest Service anticipates spending up to $1.6 billion fighting a fire season that could be worse than normal.
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