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Coral, Great Barrier Reef, climate change, El Nino
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Unusually warm water along Australia's Great Barrier Reef has led to record-breaking coral bleaching.

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Every summer, Greenland's ice sheet melts when temperatures warm up. This year, however, saw the start of the ice melt season begin in April, much earlier than normal. 

Guest blogger Amy Butler explains how changes in the stratospheric polar vortex can influence the "usual" effects of El Niño on the climate in the Northern Hemisphere.

In this week's Beyond the Data blog, Deke Arndt explains the climate behind this spring's prairie fires.