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2010-09-07 08:30:00

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- While many climate experts and environmentalists explore the negative effects of global warming, a new study reveals a positive outcome of the warming of the planet: the potential elimination of the plague. Global warming affects temperatures and precipitation regimes that play a pivotal role in the lives of rodents and fleas; rodents and fleas are responsible for maintenance and spread of plague to human populations. Plague can be fatal if the...

2010-08-23 10:30:00

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commodity Weather Group, LLC (CWG) released its latest winter 2010-11 outlook for its energy clients this morning, and it tells a notably different story from last winter. The core heating season in the U.S. is forecast to be 29% warmer year-on-year from December through February. As a result, CWG is now forecasting the warmest winter since 2006-07. Energy demand should run lower than normal for key population centers on the East Coast, through...

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2010-08-19 08:23:50

UN climate and weather agencies said Wednesday that climate scientists must take an urgent stance on studying the changes in atmospheric currents that have been linked to flooding in Pakistan and wildfires in Russia.Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Program, told AFP that changes -- known as blocking episodes -- in the currents can prevent humidity or hot weather from dispersing as it should.Those events can lock heavy rain or heat waves over a particular region, in turn...

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2010-07-21 10:33:18

It's hot out right now, but new research from North Carolina State University will help us know what to expect when the weather turns cold. Researchers have developed a new methodology that improves the accuracy of winter precipitation and temperature forecasts. The tool should be valuable for government and utility officials, since it provides key information for use in predicting energy consumption and water availability. "Predicting winter precipitation is extremely useful, because winter...

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2010-07-16 11:20:00

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that last month was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth. According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature data also showed that the January-June and April-June periods were the warmest on record, which go back as far as 1880. The combined average for global land and ocean temperatures in June was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which are 1.22 degrees...

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2010-07-07 05:40:00

La Nina is likely to cool the tropical Pacific waters in the months ahead, causing stronger monsoons throughout Asia and eastern Australia, according to an update released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These conditions are also likely to promote the development of storms in the tropical Atlantic. "Below average sea temperatures exist beneath the surface of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, and forecast models continue to predict further decreases in the...

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2010-04-16 07:10:00

NOAA reported on Thursday that global temperatures caused by El Nino seasonal warming last month created the hottest March on record. "Warmer-than-normal conditions dominated the globe, especially in northern Africa, South Asia and Canada," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement. It said that combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for March 2010 was the warmest on record at 56 degrees Fahrenheit. An analysis from the National...

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2010-03-31 05:13:44

On Tuesday, weather experts said that El Nino has peaked and would probably disappear by mid-year. "The most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for the El Nino event to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across the tropical Pacific," World Meteorological Organization expert Rupa Koumar Kolli told the AFP news agency. El Nino is a weather anomaly that wrecks havoc around the Pacific and east Africa.  It is an occasional seasonal warming of the central and...

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2010-03-28 06:50:00

Despite nearly two-thirds of the United States experiencing colder-than-normal seasonal temperatures, the 2009-2010 winter season was the fifth warmest on record worldwide.  While a large part of the country was colder than usual this past winter, parts of the U.S. did have warmer-than-usual temperatures. Both New England and the Pacific Northwest joined in the global winter warmth. In addition, Maine had its third warmest winter on record, according to the National Oceanic and...

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2010-02-26 10:45:18

Climate models project that the global average temperature will rise about 1°C by the middle of the century, if we continue with business as usual and emit greenhouse gases as we have been. The global average, though, does not tell us anything about what will happen to regional climates, for example rainfall in the western United States or in paradisical islands like Hawai'i. Analyzing global model warming projections in models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a team...


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Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...

ENSO Impacts on Baltimore Tornado Count
2012-12-29 12:12:03

ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States.  As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

ENSO Effects On Ocean Waters
2012-09-14 11:46:45

The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...

Winds Impacted By The Cycles Of ENSO
2012-09-03 16:44:02

When it comes to wind, more and more people are turning to it as alternative option for electricity. One has to wonder what kind of impacts would be created by the different cycles of ENSO. The above graph has been done for Boston MA. The month of choice was to run it for March of all three cycles. Normal Cycle: (When we are in between EL-Nino and La-Nina) winds averaged around 0-5mph 9% of the month of March. While 6-10mph average winds occurred more often with 35%. And then winds in the...

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  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
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