National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

September 21, 2015--Forecast: El Niño one big baby (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Western Coloradans might consider keeping an umbrella handy this fall thanks to the development of a strong El Niño weather system. Less clear is the degree to which snow-sport enthusiasts and those concerned with the adequacy of water supplies should count on a heavier-than-average overall snowpack this winter.

June 16, 2015--Oceans: Scientists track spread of toxic algae along West Coast (Summit Voice)

Top federal scientists suspect that a widespread bloom of toxin-producing algae along the West Coast is linked to months of well above-average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific, but say it’s t

June 10, 2015--Wettest month in history (Pueblo Chieftain)

Last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists. On average 4.36 inches of rain and snow — mostly rain — fell over the Lower 48 in May, sloshing past October 2009 which had been the wettest month in U.S. records with 4.29 inches.

March 24, 2015--Drought to continue in West, forecasters predict (Republic Washington Bureau)

The spring weather outlook for the West issued last week by federal forecasters has a familiar ring to it: continuing drought conditions leading to greater wildfire risk. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts drought will persist or worsen in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and western Colorado through June.

January 18, 2015--Warm oceans drive hottest year on record with more to come, US agencies say (Sydney Morning Herald)

Unusually warm seas helped drive annual global temperatures to a record level in 2014 and are likely to ensure this year has a similarly hot start, climate experts say. Two leading US agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, have declared last year was the hottest in data going back to 1880, adding to an earlier confirmation by Japan.

October 10, 2014--Where is El Nino? And why do we care? (Climate Central)

August 16, 2014--Report: Hot times ahead for Colorado (Summit Voice)

By the middle of this century, Denver’s average temperature could be 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today — on par with Albuquerque, according to a new climate report released by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in early August. Even with deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, Colorado will continue to get warmer.

May 16, 2014--Drought relief may be on the way (Cortez Journal)

A lost friend of farmers, skiers, and boaters may revisit the Four Corners soon. The El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is predicted to form this summer, potentially bringing moisture to the area.

April 10, 2014--El Niño likely later in year, could help Calif. drought (USA Today)

Relief for California's devastating drought could be on the way later this year because an El Niño climate pattern is likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday. El Niño, the planet's most important climate phenomenon, shakes up weather in the USA and around the world.

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