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Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2017

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Provides details about the 2nd warmest year-to-date in the U.S. including temperatures, precipitation, and other major weather events during the first half of 2017.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center foresee a 45% chance of an above-normal season and a 35% chance of a normal season, largely due to a weak El Nino effect.  A normal season is one with 12 named storms of which 6 become hurricanes and 3 are major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


State of the Climate: National Overview Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Finds that the average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.9 degrees above the 20th century average.  It was the second warmest year on record.  Also includes precipitation, statewide highlights, seasonal summaries, snow and ice, hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


State of the Climate: Global Analysis Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Reviews global weather patterns for the past year and finds that 2016 was the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping by the federal government.  Twelve warmest years have all occurred within the past 20 years.  Covers global temperatures and precipitation.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


U.S. Winter Outlook Predicts Warmer, Drier South and Cooler, Wetter North

Categories: Weather/Disasters

Predicts La Nina phenomenon will influence mild winter weather conditions in South and Mid-Atlantic.  Covers precipitation, temperature, and drought possibilities.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Federal State Relations,Weather/Disasters

An interactive resource to help local governments respond to pressures of climate change.  Includes information about the risks posed by climate change, relevant adaptation strategies, case studies showing how other communities adapted, and EPA funding opportunities.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Implications for U.S. National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

Discusses threats to national security from global warming in the near term, over the next five, years, and over the next twenty years.  Among the threats covered: severe weather, adverse effects on food prices and availability, increased risks to human health, negative impacts on investments and economic competitiveness, and sea level rise.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Atlantic Hurricane Season Still Expected to be Strongest Since 2012

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release on updated hurricane predictions for the Atlantic Ocean for the 2016 hurricane season.  Now calls for 70% chance for 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes, and 1-4 major hurricanes.  Also discusses the atmospheric conditions which lead forecasters to increase the expected number of hurricanes from the earlier spring prediction.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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