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LA Paints Streets White to Combat Rising Temps

The paint could cool streets and parking lots 10 degrees

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history scorches the edge of a city experiencing record-breaking temperatures, LA street workers have started painting streets white as part of a larger effort to tackle warming average temps head-on. Technically, the paint is a very light gray called CoolSeal, and it could... More »

Scrapping Lawns in LA Would Change City's Temps

How much depends on what lawns are replaced with

(Newser) - The typical California home's biggest area of water usage is beyond its four walls: its outdoor landscaping . So in the face of drought, tens of thousands of Los Angeles homeowners made a change last summer, reports the Times , swapping their grass for artificial turf, gravel, or drought-tolerant shrubs. And... More »

The 10 US Cities That Are Warming the Fastest

Most are in California, Nevada, and Arizona

(Newser) - The southwest corner of the US has long been known as a sweltering spot, but it's only getting hotter, according to Climate Central , which ranked 178 US cities based on temperature changes since 1965. All but three have seen temperatures rise in the past 50 years, but some are... More »

Alaska's Frigid Rep Just Got Ridiculous

A month before winter starts, temps have already plunged to minus 24

(Newser) - Check out the forecast in Fairbanks, Alaska , for the next few days and you'll see a lot of minus signs. The northernmost state has been slammed with way-below-freezing weather more than a month before winter officially starts, and it could be dangerous if residents aren't careful. "With... More »

Office Temperatures Are 'Sexist'

Temperatures are based on the male metabolism, study says

(Newser) - A man and woman work in the same room all day long. One is perfectly comfortable while the other is freezing her tush off. Sound strange? Nope, it's just daily life in offices, according to a new study that says our average building temperature is outdated and favors the... More »

Half of Columbia River Salmon Are in Hot Water— and Dying

Officials are desperately trying to cool the water down

(Newser) - More than a quarter-million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fishery biologists say water that's 5 to 6 degrees warmer is wiping out at least half of... More »

Death Valley Gets Record for Hottest Day ... 99 Years Later

Libya's claim thrown out because of unreliable thermometer

(Newser) - California's Death Valley now has the honor of posting the hottest temperature on record, but don't blame climate change—the record-breaker of 134 degrees happened on June 10, 1913. The reason for the belated title? Libya had claimed the hottest day on record since 1992 with a thermometer... More »

NASA Scientist: Global Warming Behind Killer Heat Waves

James Hansen hammers away with statistical analysis

(Newser) - The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the US and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. The research by a man often called... More »

US Had Hottest 12 Months Ever

And the hottest first half of a year ever

(Newser) - If you're still reeling from this weekend's heat wave, this is going to sound especially credible: The US just completed its hottest 12-month stretch ever recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today. That's in part thanks to a warmer-than-average June, which saw 170 all-time high... More »

High Heat, Smoke, Storms Move to East Coast

Winds carry pollutant-filled wildfire smoke across the nation

(Newser) - Storms, high heat, and wildfire smoke are spreading from the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend as extreme weather grips more of the country. MSNBC gives us a weather rundown:
  • New York City, enveloped in muggy heat, is facing a likely thunderstorm this afternoon.
  • Storms are also heading for
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More than Half of US in Drought

Conditions meet definition in 56% of continental US

(Newser) - Two stats of note to drive home just how hot it has been and continues to be:
  • Parched earth: Drought conditions now exist in 56% of the continental US, the biggest percentage in the 12 years that records have been kept by the weekly Drought Monitor, reports MSNBC . The heat
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Last 12-Month Stretch Warmest on Record

NOAA: US temperatures were highest in the 117 years on record

(Newser) - It's getting hot out there. The 12-month period from May 2011 to April 2012 was the warmest since records began in 1895, according to the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The year-long stretch was 0.1°F warmer than the previous record-setter, November 1999-October 2000, and was 2.... More »

Okla.'s July Was Hottest US Month on Record

Texas also set its own record for hottest July

(Newser) - Sweltering may have reached a new record last month, as Oklahoma racked up the country's highest monthly average temperature ever. That's the highest average temperature, for any month, for any state, associate Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus said. According to automated weather recording instruments, the state's average... More »

New York City Hits 104 Degrees

And it got even hotter in Newark

(Newser) - It's official: This heat wave is one of the all-time greats. Temperatures soared to a record-high 104 degrees in New York City and to 108 degrees in Newark—the hottest day in the city's history, reports NBC . It's much the same everywhere from Kansas to Maine, reports... More »

Slush Postpones Men’s Alpine Skiing

Warm temps make for dangerous conditions; no replacement date set

(Newser) - The men's downhill at the Vancouver Olympics has been postponed because of a slushy course, the International Ski Federation said. The opening Alpine race was called off about seven hours before it was scheduled to start today. A replacement date was not immediately announced. More »

Florida Oranges Freeze Solid

Cold wave inflicts significant damage on citrus crop

(Newser) - Florida citrus growers stayed up last night spraying their crop with water, and taking other measures to prevent freezing, as arctic air threatened to inflict significant damage on the orange crop. Losses to the citrus crop may hit 10% as the state sees its worst freeze since 1989. "There'll... More »

'Brutal' Heat Wave Bakes Pacific Northwest

(Newser) - A heat wave continues to pummel the Pacific Northwest, the AP reports, though tomorrow will likely bring some relief. Temperatures at Seattle’s airport could easily break the 1994 record of 100 degrees today; yesterday, temps in Portland came within 1 degree of the 1984 record of 107. The region... More »

Warming Will Kill 66% of Calif. Plants Within Century

Flora won't have time to migrate if emissions continue at current rate

(Newser) - If California’s climate warms significantly in the next 100 years the consequences could be grave for the majority of the state’s native plants, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A team of scientists from UC Berkeley and Duke found that up to 66% of the state’s plants wouldn’... More »

1,000 Flee Raging SoCal Wildfire

Record temperatures signal worrisome fire season

(Newser) - Roughly 1,000 people abandoned 400 California homes today as firefighters battled a blaze in the Sierra Madre foothills, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fire spread through some 400 acres, and containment is not expected for days. Record-setting temperatures are to blame for the blaze marking an early start... More »

Record Heatwave Hits Arctic

Scientists stunned as temperatures trigger drastic change

(Newser) - Record high temperatures have hit parts of the Arctic, triggering a dramatic melt off of sea ice and tundra, and shocking scientists, reports the Independent. Temperatures as high as 72 degrees fahrenheit (22C) on Melville Island, usually one of the coldest places in North America, melted permafrost and set off... More »

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