A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual US temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday.
Flood watches continue in the Pacific Northwest, but the latest storm to blow in via the 'Pineapple Express' has moved inland. Some areas have seen as much as 15-20 inches of rain since Nov. 27.
Violent dolphin deaths are on the rise in the Gulf of Mexico. The violent attacks on dolphins include bullet wounds and hacked off fins. Five dolphin deaths are from gunshot wounds.
Hurricane Sandy brings strong winds and rain, but for the New York area, the biggest concern may be the storm surge, which could come ashore in some places as a 13-foot wall of water.
Hurricane Sandy could dump 10 inches of rain along the coast and a foot of snow in the Appalachians. It could also bring a strong storm surge and tropical-force winds.
A Frankenstorm? The National Hurricane Center computer models are forecasting a track that shows Hurricane Sandy heading toward Delaware.
Hurricane Sandy knocked down trees, clogged streets and killed at least three people in the Caribbean. The storm is expected to hit the U.S. East Coast over the weekend and into next week. Flooding, high winds and downed trees are of concern.
On the Earth's surface, ozone is a pollutant, but in the stratosphere, it reflects ultraviolet radiation back into space, protecting us from skin cancer-causing UV rays.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that September was 1.2 degrees above normal.
For super-warm 2012 to end up as an average year in the lower 48 states would require an astonishing, and record-breaking, cold snap over the final four months. That's not in the forecast.