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01/27/2015 07:47 PM
As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts' power
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard. As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists pondered the storm-like havoc their mere words can cause and debated who among them was the least inaccurate. "CRIPPLING AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD TO IMPACT THE AREA," read a weekend National Weather Service (NWS) advisory amid colorful maps warning that the whole city could expect up to 36 all-time-record-breaking inches (91 cm) of snow. This was reason enough for Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to go to the unusual lengths of ordering that every street and subway in the city be closed to commuters.
01/27/2015 06:46 PM
Mandatory Questions for the 2016 Election
None of the candidates in the last presidential election said much about climate change or the clean energy imperative, not even Barack Obama. We cannot allow that to happen again. The media, the Commission on Presidential Debates, young people and voters at large need to nail down every candidate this time on what he or she would do about...
01/27/2015 05:51 PM
Where did the snow go? Blizzard was a miss, but not a bust

Shaon Chowdhury, right, manager of Arthur Cab Leasing Corp., and employee Kyle Hinkson, of Harlem, clear snow from a taxi while preparing to put it back into service following a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Chowdhury estimates that the winter storm has cost his company approximately $60,000 in lost revenue and added expenses. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well Tuesday.

01/27/2015 05:27 PM
Endangered Right and Beluga Whales May Be at Risk from Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan
The Obama administration intends to open up part of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska coastlines to new oil and gas development, resulting in up to 14 new offshore drilling operations by the mid-2020s. The proposal is causing whiplash among environmental and wildlife advocates, who just two days ago lauded President Obama for asking Congress to put the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits to—you guessed it—oil and gas drilligng. “The world is in a very big hole with climate change and when you’re in a hole the first order of business should be to stop digging,” said Stephen Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International, in a statement. Along the Atlantic coast, the leases would be located off the coastlines of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia—states that have expressed interest in offshore energy development, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told reporters.
01/27/2015 05:05 PM
Top Meteorologist At National Weather Service Apologizes For Inaccurate Snow Predictions

01/27/2015 04:59 PM
Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report

Woman shades herself from the sun under an umbrella on a hot day in SydneyIn its most comprehensive analysis yet of the impacts of climate change, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) painted a worst-case scenario of a rise of up to 5.1 degrees Celsius by 2090 if there are no actions taken to cut greenhouse emissions. "There is a very high confidence that hot days will become more frequent and hotter," CSIRO principal research scientist Kevin Hennessy said.

01/27/2015 04:51 PM
CA Blue/Green Coalition Provides Leadership to Reduce Methane Emissions, Create Good Jobs
The recent editorial in The New York Times "A Modest Move on Methane" (January 19, 2015) is spot on in identifying methane as a major unaddressed climate change problem, and praising President Obama faintly for his efforts to date. Methane is 85 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel...
01/27/2015 04:40 PM
Fed meets with rate hike looming

A view of the US Federal Reserve on January 27, 2015 in Washington, DCThe Federal Reserve opened its first monetary policy meeting of the year Tuesday to take the pulse of the US economy and mull the first interest rate hike since 2006. The Federal Open Market Committee, the central bank's policy arm, gathered as a powerful snowstorm blanketed the Northeast, grinding activities to a halt, in a reminder of the unusually severe winter weather in the first quarter of 2014 that helped to push the economy into contraction. The FOMC meeting "will provide another chance for the Fed to assess the impact of the higher dollar and lower oil prices on the policy outlook. We don't anticipate major changes to the statement," said Barclays in a research note.

01/27/2015 03:34 PM
‘Juno’ Timelapse: The New York Blizzard That Wasn't
Experts predicted the blizzard nicknamed Juno could dump record snow amounts on New York City. This timelapse view of Manhattan during the storm shows that the reality was far less impressive. Other parts ...
01/27/2015 02:54 PM
We need to stop treating weather scientists like oracles

We need to stop treating weather scientists like oraclesIt's mid-afternoon on Tuesday, and much of New York City is probably still smarting after the so-called snowstorm of the century turned out to be just a snowy day. Let's take a deep breath and say a simple truth together: Weather science is hard. When it comes to the weather, meteorologists work with a multitude of models — ones that often conflict — to determine with varying degrees of accuracy how dynamic weather patterns will behave days in advance.

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