Climate Impacts

A stalled atmospheric set-up has made Boston and surrounding areas in the Northeast the most popular truck stop for storms travelling the atmospheric highway known as the jet stream. And stop they have, like a caravan of tractor-trailers idling in a rest stop parking lot.

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.