The epic drought in California actually worsened this week, setting up “unprecedented” fire conditions and even spawning a fire tornado. At the same time, the drought in Texas may become the third worst in the last 500 years (!) -- with worse to come thanks to climate change.
A NOAA-led study finds “the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles” at roughly 35 miles per decade. That means “the tropics are becoming less hospitable to tropical cyclones and the higher latitudes are becoming less hostile.”
The National Weather Service currently has a staggering 548 vacancies, or 15 percent of its staff positions empty, leading many to wonder it the agency has enough employees to keep the country informed about extreme weather.