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- Department:March 30, 2017
On the heels of 2016's devastating mass bleaching event at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, tourists and park managers are reporting thermal stress and mass bleaching again in early 2017.
- Department:March 23, 2017
Compared to their smooth appearance at other times of year, the lines tracking Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent become wiggly. Why is that?
- March 22, 2017
Despite being at opposite points of the annual cycle, the Arctic and Antarctic had something in common in March 2017: record-low sea ice extents.
- Department:March 22, 2017
Hot and dry conditions across the Southern Plains proved perfect for the spread of large wildfires across the prairie in March.
- Department:March 20, 2017
Based on historical climate data from thousands of stations across the United States, these maps show the warmest and coldest daytime high temperatures ever recorded at a given location on March 20—the astronomical first day of spring.
- March 16, 2017
Near-record warmth across the U.S. this past winter raised the odds for a warmer than average spring. Even so, several places received plenty of snow, which raised the risk of flooding in the Northern Rockies, the Northern Plains, and New England.