Climate Impacts

Since we last covered the California drought, conditions in the state have stayed, well, dry—very dry. Statewide, total precipitation is about equal to or below the lowest three-year period since 1895.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

  • El Niño and La Niña can significantly alter seasonal climate conditions, such as temperature and rainfall patterns, in many parts of the world. Scientists Brad Lyon and Paul Block explain the potential impacts of La Niña in different parts of Africa.

  • More than half of the United States experienced heat, drought, or flooding during 2011, demonstrating the power and momentum of climate extremes.

  • Few winter storms and El Niño conditions brought severe drought conditions to the Hawaiian Islands this past year.