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<p>Damaging and drenching thunderstorms will press eastward across the central and southern United States through Saturday.</p>
<p>El Niño may make a comeback later this year, impacting the weather across the United States during fall and winter.</p>
Within a day of Rex Tillerson’s swearing in as secretary of state, the State Department’s climate change website began to change. The changes signal a shift away from leading international climate actions that the Obama administration pursued and a pivot toward a more passive role. The Environmental Data Governance Initiative tracked the changes to the Office of Global Change web page and shared them with Climate Central. They are the first changes to the State Department site documented by EDGI after Tillerson took over on Feb. 1, according to Toly Rinberg, a researcher at EDGI who caught the change. Changes were made to the State Department's Office of Global Change web page shortly after Rex Tillerson was sworn in. The image on the left shows it in its Obama-era format. Click images to enlarge. Credit: EDGI Nearly the entire description of the office was changed. Deleted from the text was: “The United States is taking a leading role by advancing an ever-expanding suite of measures at home and abroad.” Also stricken were references to mitigation efforts and other mentions of leading on climate change. In its place is more generic language, solely referencing that the office represents the U.S. at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other international forums. It does use the word “lead” once, but only saying the office leads the U.S. government in participating with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The new language does note foreign assistance for clean energy and adaptation. The addition of adaptation language mirrors changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. Other changes to the page that occurred prior to Tillerson’s swearing in include paring down the sidebar menu that had links to reports and statements about climate change that included how the U.S. was addressing its international climate commitments. On their own, they are small changes and are to be expected with any new administration. But they didn’t happen in a vacuum and taken with other actions, they offer insights into America’s climate change strategy abroad. The G20 finance ministers recently axed climate finance from a communique under U.S. pressure, a move that business leaders promptly decried. That stands in contrast to the 2016 communique, when G20 finance ministers lauded the Paris Agreement and pledged to provide assistance to developing countries for clean energy and adaptation projects through mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund, which aims to raise $100 billion by 2020. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a meeting in Japan. Credit: Frank Robichon/Reuters President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal also represents a major departure from recent years. The blueprint slices more than $10 billion off the current State Department budget, including zeroing out U.S. commitments to the international climate process and funding. That’s in addition to cuts into clean energy innovation and domestic climate programs (though the final budget passed through Congress will likely look different). In a letter to State Department staff, Tillerson endorsed shrinking the budget. “It acknowledges that U.S. engagement must be more efficient, that our aid be more effective, and that advocating the national interests of our country always be our primary mission,” Tillerson wrote, according to the Washington Post. “Additionally, the budget is an acknowledgment that development needs are a global challenge to be met not just by contributions from the United States, but through greater partnership with and contributions from our allies and others.” What happens to the Paris Agreement itself will be perhaps the strongest signal of how the U.S. approaches climate change on the international stage. Reports indicate that presidential advisor Steve Bannon and the more populist faction of Trump’s inner circle want the U.S. to exit the agreement, which Trump said he would “cancel” during the campaign. Another faction of the White House is in favor of staying in the Paris Agreement, of which Tillerson is likely a part. During his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he said “I think we're better served by being at that table than leaving that table,” though he also puts the brakes on a bit by noting “as we commit to those accords, are there any elements of that that put America to a disadvantage?” Any changes to how the U.S. acts — or doesn’t act — on climate change come at a crucial time for the world. The planet just endured its third straight year of record-setting heat, and 16 of the 17 hottest years have all occurred since 2000. While renewable energy investments are at an all-time high, there’s still a vast amount of work the world will need to do to shift away from fossil fuels and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. What role the U.S. plays in that remains to be seen.
Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari looks at the places in the country that are expecting snow.
Celebrate with some amazing photos of the fluffy stuff. Claudia Hinz | International Cloud Atlas The iridescence is caused by diffraction of sunlight in all the tiny, uniform clouds. Clouds are a lot like Baskin-Robbins. They’re timeless, can be found all over America, and come in 31 flavors. And induce nostalgia. Yes, there are 31 species of clouds—yes, they’re called species, just like plants and animals—in the new International Cloud Atlas. Bonus: there are also five new “supplementary features” recognized plus five “special clouds,” including the beautifully named flammagenitus, which sounds less like a localized collection of air moisture formed near wildfires and like hail storms and lightning. George Anderson | International Cloud Atlas Wokingham, England, United Kingdom All of these clouds came from airplane activity. The more distinct trails—called contrails—are formed directly from flight paths, but that fluffy area in the middle formed as the contrails spread out and developed into a larger cloud. Irene Ho Pik Har | International Cloud Atlas Vancouver, Canada Flammagenitus clouds form above the rising hot air from fires. In this case, most of the “cloud” in this picture is actually smoke, but if you look up towards the top of the plume you can see a white, puffy formation—that’s the flammagenitus. Yoshiaki Sato | International Cloud Atlas Niagara Falls, NY, United States of America Plenty of water spray comes off of Niagara Falls, and sometimes that aerosolized water can condense into actual clouds, in this case stratus cataractagenitus, with a “spray bow” (a rainbow that forms from the spray of a waterfall) below. Javier Ceberio García | International Cloud Atlas Peñalara summit, Madrid, Spain From beneath this stratus cloud, it would be a gloomy day. From above, it’s bright and sunny. Hideyuki Oguri | International Cloud Atlas Russian Federation Wind moving across a large cloud like this can form Kelvin-Helmholtz waves, also called fluctus. For more amazing cloud pictures, head over to the International Cloud Atlas image gallery.
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Salt found deep below the Dead Sea floor shows how climate change can cause an extreme drought that could potentially hurt millions of people.
Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari looks at the forecast for the West Coast where a jet stream is moving in.
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<p>The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.</p>
<p>Severe thunderstorms and the risk to lives and property will ramp up.</p>
Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari looks at the places across the country that had the best and worst winter this year.
A small but stubborn fire that destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma is 99 percent contained, an Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman said Tuesday night.
<p>Humans are in the process of changing the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in more than 2.5 million years.</p>
<p>Some myths surrounding tornadoes could be deadly to believe.</p>
On August 21, 2017, a 121-mile wide shadow will sweep across North America as millions of people revel in a total solar eclipse — the first one to run from sea to shining sea since 1918.
Meteorologist Danielle Banks looks at the temperature dip for this week.
<p>Even with intense winter storms, the United States felt the sixth warmest winter in the 123 years on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).</p>
<p>If you liked the balmy weather that dominated on the U.S. East Coast and much of the South this winter, you will probably enjoy the spring of 2017, too.</p>
Meteorologist Danielle Banks looks at the forecast for the arctic air hitting New York City today.
Not all spring weather is a relief.
<p>With this year's wet weather in California, its deserts have turned into a blanket of beautiful wildflowers, called a "superbloom." We take a look at some images from this year's magical bloom!</p>
<p>A collection of the week's best weather photography.</p>
Despite the low snowfall totals registered in the main metro areas of the northeast like Boston or New York, this week's major Winter Storm has dumped significant amounts of snow across many interior areas from Pennsylvania to Vermont.
From cities in Alaska to California, WeatherDB, a weather data site by Graphiq, found the 50 American locales that get the most snowfall in the spring.
Lets take a look at vintage springtime memories from around the world.
We take a look at some of the beautiful pictures of spring 2017 from around the world.
<p>February was the second hottest on record for the planet, trailing only last year’s scorching February — a clear mark of how much the Earth has warmed from the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.</p>
The agency's blizzard forecasts this week were off the mark
<p>From increases in deadly diseases to choking air pollution and onslaughts of violent weather, man-made climate change is making Americans sicker, according to a report released Wednesday by 11 of the nation's top medical societies.</p>
<p>Large swaths of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia died last year due to warmer seawater, reports the journal Nature in a cover story about research done by the James Cook University in Australia. We take a look at some of these areas of the reef and look at how healthier sections of one of the world’s greatest reefs appear.</p>
The survival of Australia's natural wonder relies on tackling warming, new research warns.
The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.
Winds from Lake Ontario helped cover this home in Webster, NY in a sheet of ice.

 


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