PMEL in the News
La Nina peaks; NW snowpack on the line
A weak to moderate La Nina in the tropical Pacific has probably peaked, though it may have enough punch left to swell Northwest snowpacks, climatologists reported Thursday. Nick Bond is quoted.
Weather 'bombs' and the link between severe winters and climate change
What’s with all the weapons analogies for the storm dumping snow on the East Coast today? The bomb references may seem to have popped up out of nowhere this week, but the word has actually been used to describe powerful, rapidly intensifying winter storms for decades.
EXTREME WEATHER: Storm 'bomb' is tinder for both sides in climate fight
Record-cold temperatures, possible hurricane-force winds, and a dramatic name — the "bomb cyclone" is being used by some climate skeptics to question scientists who've become more bold about linking extreme weather to warming temperatures.
It’s time for new ideas for tsunami survival
It’s good that the city of Long Beach acknowledged reality and stepped away from a flawed plan to build what amounted to a small hill for tsunami evacuation. At a cost of $4 million and a height of 32 feet, the city’s concrete berm was too expensive and too short.
The deep Pacific is a climate time capsule from the ‘little ice age,’ 19th century ship records show
A global cooling trend known as the “little ice age” ended centuries ago, but it lives on in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean, researchers reported here last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. What’s more, this oceanographic time capsule could be helping blunt some of today’s human-driven warming, at least for now.