Natural Climate Patterns

A drought in the Southeast in 2011 gave cotton growers and consumers a preview of what could become a more common scenario for the main ingredient of our most comfortable clothes. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • A few days of unusually cold weather in the U.S. and Canada aren't a sign that a century-or-more trend of rising global surface temperatures has reversed itself. In fact, the cold wasn't even all that widespread for the Northern Hemisphere.

  • Meteorologists have known for years that the pattern of the polar vortex determines how much cold air escapes from the Arctic and makes its way to the U.S. during the winter. Climate scientists are wondering if a warmer Arctic could explain its odd behavior in recent years.