Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs.
The Atlantic hurricane season starts soon, and the Gulf of Mexico is already warmer than average. Even more worrying is the Loop Current that is reaching unusually far into the Gulf for this time of year, with the power to worsen tropical storms.
Scientists at Northern Illinois University continue to hone extended-range weather forecasting, identifying patterns halfway around the globe that will heighten the probability weeks later for hail- and tornado-producing storms in the United States.
This paper summarises the Argonne National Laboratory research team’s efforts in conducting these assessments to support local public health interventions in the City of Chicago, and the potential applications for communities throughout the world.
The United States has over 2,100 operational hydroelectric dams, with locations in nearly every state. They play essential roles in their regional power grids. But most were built in the past century under a different climate than they face today.
This contributing paper addresses the analysis of progresses between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) agendas in LAC and its complementary features.
The First Street Foundation launches the First Street Foundation Wildfire Model, estimating the risk of wildfire on a property-by-property basis across the United States today, and up to 30 years into the future.