Trump’s Executive Order Threatens to Wreck Earth as a Livable Planet for Humans

By: Jeff Masters, 1:13 PM GMT on March 29, 2017

Decades of progress on cleaning up our dirty air took a significant hit on Tuesday, along with hopes for a livable future climate, when President Trump issued his Energy Independence Executive Order. Most seriously, the order attacks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan, which requires a 32 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from existing power plants by 2030 (compared to 2005 emission rates.)

Tuesday’s blow was just ...

Climate Change Politics

Updated: 5:59 PM GMT on March 29, 2017

Debbie’s Silver Lining: Cooler Waters and Less Coral Reef Damage

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 4:46 PM GMT on March 28, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie roared into northern Queensland, Australia, early Tuesday local time, hurling giant waves, fierce winds, and a major storm surge into the sparsely populated coast. Landfall occurred near Airlie Beach at about 12:40 pm local time Tuesday. Debbie’s top sustained winds at landfall, averaged over 1 minute (as is standard practice for Atlantic hurricanes), were estimated at 105 knots (120 mph), near the midpoint of the Category 3 range on the Sa...

Hurricane Coral Reefs

Updated: 5:49 AM GMT on March 29, 2017

March Going Out with a Weeklong Roar of Severe Weather

By: Bob Henson, 7:00 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Severe weather watches may be a daily occurrence into at least the first weekend of April, as upper-level energy continues to stream across the U.S. atop an increasingly rich supply of low-level moisture. Already, 2017 has been a noteworthy year for severe weather. Even after tornado reports for earlier decades are inflation-adjusted (in order to balance the more complete reporting of tornadoes in recent years), the total of 325 preliminary tornado reports through S...

Severe Weather

Updated: 7:09 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Debbie Pounding Queensland, Australia

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:23 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is battering Northeast Australia’s Queensland coast with torrential rains and high winds as the storm heads west-southwest at about 5 mph towards an expected landfall near 3 pm EDT (19 UTC) Monday. Debbie intensified into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds on Monday morning U.S. time, and satellite images on Monday morning showed an impressive storm with a well-defined eye surrounded by eyewall thunderstorms with very cold cloud tops tha...


Updated: 4:41 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Australia Braces for Debbie; Localized Tornado Outbreak Possible Sunday in TX/OK

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 5:17 PM GMT on March 26, 2017

Northeast Australia’s Queensland coast is bracing for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which intensified into a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds on Sunday morning. Debbie is headed west-southwest at about 4 mph, and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning local time (Monday evening in the U.S.) The storm has quite favorable conditions for intensification, with light wind shear and warm ocean temperatures of 29 - 30°C (84 - 86°F.) However, satell...

Hurricane Tornado Severe Weather

Updated: 6:06 PM GMT on March 26, 2017

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Cat 6 lead authors: WU cofounder Dr. Jeff Masters (right), who flew w/NOAA Hurricane Hunters 1986-1990, & WU meteorologist Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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