August 21, 2013 |
Coastal areas should prepare for rising sea levels and spend more now on protective measures as rebuilding continues along the New Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy, according to a presidential task force report released Monday. The report, created over the last six months by the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, recommended 69 policy initiatives and rebuilding strategies, including development of an electrical grid less likely to fail in a massive crisis. It also calls for better planning and standards for rebuilding in storm-damaged places in all regions, not just those directly affected when Sandy slammed into the East Coast on Oct. 29. The storm caused more than $38 billion in damage in New Jersey, mostly in the four counties on the ocean.
August 12, 2013 |
New Jersey farmers have faced a summer of extremes - the wettest June and the warmest July nights since recordkeeping began in in the state 1895. The combination of heavy rainfall and high temperatures over the last couple of months has put a dent in crop production. It delayed some farmers' use of equipment in water-logged fields to plant and harvest, and prompted them to treat crops for fungus and disease problems. Many others, though, were hit less hard by torrential downpours and are having a good season, with slightly higher prices resulting from the lower supply of produce.
February 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the last couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then, when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than two feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be? It's been a joke among skeptics, pointing to what seems to be a brazen contradiction. But the answer lies in atmospheric physics.
February 13, 2013
By George Jugovic Jr. This weekend I will be camping in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, in the north-central part of the state, to attend an annual wild game feed. The Wilds provide more than two million acres of lush forests, mountain trails, and cold streams in which to be active. Peering out into the Kinzua Gorge from the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk brings a lot into focus in February: It raises questions about how much of what you look down on from 301 feet will remain for future generations.
February 1, 2013 |
CAPE MAY - When the agenda was planned for the 2013 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit - a biannual gathering of scientists, academics, and government officials - Sandy hadn't devastated the New Jersey Shore. But the storm that struck Oct. 29 was at the forefront of conversations and some workshop discussions during the four-day conference, titled "Weathering Change - Shifting Environments, Shifting Policies, Shifting Needs. " "So much has happened within the environment since our last summit in 2011, coming in on the heels of what perhaps is the worst natural disaster in the mid-Atlantic in modern times," said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which has hosted the event every two years since 2005.
October 31, 2012
RESCUE missions continued yesterday and power was restored to some of the millions who lost it during what was, according to several measures, an unprecedented storm. It was the kind of weather event, with its combination of rain, snow and wind, that isn't supposed to happen, according to scientists. October tropical-storm systems typically weaken as they move north over cold water and then bend out to sea. This storm was different, in part because the Atlantic Ocean is five degrees warmer than usual for this time of year, meaning that it got farther north than hurricanes usually do. While hurricanes per se aren't caused by global warming, the way Sandy blasted the Northeast and Midwest certainly could have been.
October 31, 2012 |
On the Jersey Shore, there are generally two kinds of storms: the punishing ones that leave destruction in their wake, and the purifying ones that scour souls as well as beaches. Movies about extreme weather are slightly more varied. On Sunday, after refrigerators were stocked with water, pantries with staples, and flashlights with D batteries, the e-mails started coming in to my inbox: Which movies paired best with a hurricane? Well, exactly what kind of storm are we talking about?
October 13, 2012 |
2012 is on pace to be the warmest on record in more than 100 U.S. towns and cities, including Philadelphia, and for the continental United States as a whole, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Philadelphia has certainly seen some extremes in recent years. 2011 was Philadelphia's wettest year on record, with precipitation equalling 64.33 inches of water. The winter of 2009-10 had the most snow ever, 78.7 inches. For the first nine months of 2012, Philadelphia's average temperature was 62.2 degrees, 3.5 degrees above the average during the two decades from 1981 to 2010.
August 21, 2012 |
This summer, many small businesses that depend on high temperatures got more than they bargained for. Across the nation, July was the hottest month ever in the continental United States, according to the government's National Climatic Data Center. It was also the driest since 2001, according to Planalytics Inc., a Berwyn company that analyzes weather and retailing trends. Records for high temperatures and lack of rain were broken in many areas. August has been pretty warm and muggy in many parts of the country.
July 15, 2012 |
Before the financial crisis hit, Americans were pretty sure that the globe was warming, and that humans were causing it, and that it was kind of a big deal. As the economy slumped, Americans decided that climate change wasn't actually happening — and even if it was, it wasn't our fault. And now, after a flurry of wild weather — deadly tornados, floods, droughts, an uncommonly mild winter, and recent heat waves — we're back to believing that global warming is real. But we're still hesitant to take the blame.