Ocean and Cascades to Dampen Heat Waves?

A new study suggests that although heat waves will be more common as the planet warms, the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade mountains could play a buffering role here in the Northwest.

Fewer Freezing Days

Climate change is bringing fewer days below freezing to North America, study suggests.

Warmest Year On Record

Last year Oregon and Washington experienced their warmest year on record. Here’s what we know about 2015’s anything-but-normal climate. 

Arctic Warming a Small Factor in Middle-Latitude Trends

Scientists long have known that sea ice is shrinking in a fast-warming Arctic. But what remains somewhat mysterious is what this means for other climatic factors. Now a new analysis by NOAA scientists is offering some greater clarity and challenging past assumptions. The prevailing hypothesis is the loss of Arctic sea ice is leading to…