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Get the latest climate science news for the Northwest. The October Climate CIRCulator is now available. Salmon, wildfires, drought, El Niño, and more: http://eepurl.com/bCoeqz

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This winter has been bad for snowpack in the Northwest‬. And the trend is going to continue, according to CIRC researchers.

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Yes, this winter has been warm in the Northwest. Read more about Western Oregon and Washington’s warmest winter on record.

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What Are We Learning from California’s ‪Drought‬? Check out our write up of the latest ‪climate‬ research: http://bit.ly/1Gr8J59 

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Our Kathie Dello talks about this winter's cold and toasty weather.

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Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains at the end of this century could be drier and longer compared to drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.
 
The study, published Feb 12 in the journal Science Advances, is based on projections from several climate models, including one sponsored by NASA. The research found the risk of severe droughts in those regions would increase if human-produced greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. 
 
"Natural droughts like the 1930s Dust Bowl and the current drought in the Southwest have historically lasted maybe a decade or a little less," said Ben Cook, climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City, and lead author of the study. "What these results are saying is we're going to get a drought similar to those events, but it is probably going to last at least 30 to 35 years."

Read more:http://bit.ly/nasa-megadroughts

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center 

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Meet the Northwest’s Lennon & McCartney of ocean acidification. http://bit.ly/18R5jKW

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Coastal Upwelling Winds Have Intensified on the Pacific Coast. Learn how on our blog: http://bit.ly/14TbPio.

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Surprising connection between droughts of 2014 and 1934

A new study using a reconstruction of North American drought history over the last 1,000 years found that the drought of 1934 was the driest and most widespread of the last millennium. Using a tree-ring-based drought record from the years 1000 to 2005 and modern records, scientists from NASA and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory found the 1934 drought was 30 percent more severe than the runner-up drought (in 1580) and extended across 71.6 percent of western North America. Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1xPwaxP
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