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Record-breaking 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends

This was the second straight year that exhausted the list of 21 English names.

Nov 30, 2021 - Energy & Environment
NOAA sailed a drone into the strongest storm on Earth

The video shows the rolling seas and screaming winds in the heart of the storm.

Sep 30, 2021 - Energy & Environment
White House aims to protect workers from extreme heat

The steps include an OSHA rule on heat safety.

Sep 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Category 5 Super Typhoon Chanthu heads for direct hit on Taiwan

The storm's rapid intensification is a hallmark of global warming.

Updated Sep 10, 2021 - Science
New York region's historic floods send deadly climate change lesson

The changing climate is overwhelming antiquated infrastructure in cities like New York and Newark.

Updated Sep 2, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Climate change lurks behind Hurricane Ida's unnerving intensification rate

But even the most bullish forecast did not call for this rate of intensification.

Updated Aug 30, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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Blizzard warning issued in Hawaii

Snow on Mauna Kea in 1999. Photo: Joe McNally/Getty Images

The National Weather Service issued a rare blizzard warning for the Big Island Summits in Hawaii on Friday.

Driving the news: There are no other winter storm warnings or blizzard warnings in the continental U.S at the moment.

Winter starts frigid in western Europe amid energy crunch

Projected temperature anomalies through early December. (Weatherbell.com)

Across a large swath of Europe, from Scandinavia to the U.K. south into France, Spain and Germany, temperatures have been unusually cold as winter gets underway, and they're about to plunge further.

Why it matters: The cold snap is the opposite of what policymakers have been hoping for, given that Europe entered the 2021-22 winter season with the least amount of natural gas on hand in at least a decade.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken Friday. Photo: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation/Twitter

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Flood-ravaged Pacific Northwest hit by more record rainfall

Satellite images taken last Friday of flooding in the Sumas Prairie to the east of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada, near the border with the U.S. Photo: Maxar Technologies

Rainfall records tumbled in Washington state on Thanksgiving night as the first of two atmospheric river events forecast for this week began threatening the Pacific Northwest, per the National Weather Service.

Why it matters: The region is still recovering from last week's atmospheric river that brought record rainfall, flooding and mudslides, with Washington and Canada's British Columbia particularly badly hit.

British Columbia bracing for "parade of storms" amid flood recovery

Satellite images taken last Friday of flooding in Sumas Prairie to the east of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada, near the border with the U.S. Photo: Maxar Technologies

Canadian officials warn a "parade of storms" is set to pummel British Columbia with more heavy rains this week.

Why it matters: The province is still reeling from last week's "atmospheric river event" that hit the Pacific Northwest, triggering record rainfall, extensive flooding and mudslides. The deadly storm displaced thousands of people, CBC News notes.

British Columbia declares state of emergency over floods

The flooded Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 17. Photo: Taehoon Kim/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The premier of British Columbia, Canada, declared a state of emergency Wednesday following the "atmospheric river event" that brought record rainfall, flooding and mudslides to the Pacific Northwest.

The big picture: A woman died in a mudslide that swept away a B.C. highway Tuesday, and B.C. Premier John Horgan told reporters he expected more storm-related fatalities to be confirmed in the coming days. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deployed the country's military personnel to assist with rescue efforts on Wednesday.

Deadly Pacific Northwest flooding seen from space

Runoff (dark brown) on Tuesday pours into the waters surrounding Vancouver, Canada, and Bellingham, in Washington state, after heavy rains and mountain snowmelt led to deadly flooding. Photo: NASA Worldview

Flooding from the deadly Pacific Northwest storm is so severe, it can be seen from space, according to images captured by NASA on Tuesday.

The big picture: At least one person has died and Canada's largest port was cut off by flood waters after the intense "atmospheric river event" slammed the region, bringing with it record-shattering rainfall and damaging winds, and triggering evacuations. Thousands of people were still without power on Wednesday morning.

Record-shattering rainfall and flooding slam Pacific Northwest

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office deputies come to the aid of stranded people in Everson, Wash. Photo: Whatcom County Sheriff's Office/Twitter

An intense "atmospheric river event" has resulted in extensive flooding and wind damage across parts of the Pacific Northwest, per the National Weather Service.

The latest: The extreme storm has triggered record-shattering rainfall in several cities in British Columbia, namely Hope, which had more than 11 inches of rain between Saturday and Monday.

PG&E agrees to pay $125 million for 2019 Kincade Fire

Firefighters set a back fire along a hillside near PG&E power lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2019. Photo: Philip Pachec/AFP via Getty Images

Pacific Gas & Electric reached a $125 million settlement with California's energy regulator Tuesday over the 2019 Kincade Fire, which burned more than 77,000 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and injured four people in Sonoma County.

The big picture: The California Public Utilities Commission said in a statement the proposed settlement would address "multiple violations" that its safety and enforcement division found — notably a worn power line that investigators said "failed" and broke off a transmission tower during the blaze.

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