And not just everyday heat. In big cities, from coast to coast, #ISeeChange observers have been dealing with extreme heat. Carlos Jusino reports from New York: “My cell phone battery staying at 99% all day would be fantastic!! The temperature at 99-degrees all day in NYC however not so much,”[…]
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Severe drought and a risk of wildfire? Must be…Massachusetts.
Wait, what? That Massachusetts? The one in traditionally green New England? Yep. No mistake. Thousands of miles from the well-publicized drought and fire-ravaged west, New England is struggling with serious dryness as well. In the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts, our observer Ethan Markham grows garden veggies, salad mix, and[…]
#ISeeChange reports on migration, drought for WBEZ’s Heat of the Moment
Julia Kumari Drapkin, ISeeChange’s founder, has reported a story about the way that changing climate conditions in Honduras have driven two brothers to make very different choices about their lives. She met Noel Martinez in the Broadmoor section of New Orleans: A river of moisture from Central America that meteorologists nicknamed[…]
Pancakes (well, the syrup on them) may be trying to tell you something
Say you’re at brunch. The syrup bottle is poised over the side of pancakes you ordered “for the table.” You’re ready to do your best “Uncle Buck” impression. Pause for a second here and give thanks – because the production of that sweet sticky goodness is vulnerable to environmental conditions[…]
Hot town, summer in the city
With a prediction that 2016 will be the warmest yet recorded, it’s a fair guess that this summer, it’s going to be a hot one. If you live in an urban area, you’re likely to see “some people looking half dead, walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head”[…]
Stakes rising for safety, crops in rainy Rwanda
Any recipe for agricultural success includes water. But what if that nurturing liquid becomes a destructive force? Here at #ISeeChange, we’ve frequently told you about our observers in the United States: from sea to shining sea, California to Delaware, Minnesota to Louisiana. But we’re also hearing from people overseas, in[…]
What do gophers go for in L.A.?
The dirt mounds were not a good sign. That’s what Sheila Scott thought as she surveyed her Los Angeles yard. Five mounds with a plug off to the side marred the small patch of grass she had preserved, a notch in the hill 4 feet wide and 12 feet long, where[…]
Synchronicity (not The Police album)
This week we’re sharing stories from our media partners in Colorado and Pennsylvania. KVNF and the Allegheny Front were unexpectedly in sync when they each chose to cover one of the key phenomena that ISeeChange helps observe: phenological asynchronicity. That phrase doesn’t come up much in normal conversation (unless you’re[…]
“Weird” March storms bring historic floods
In the first three weeks of March, rains caused historic levels of flooding for Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. At almost 54 feet, the snaky Sabine River serving as the border between Texas and Louisiana hadn’t recorded waters this high in a century. Near Folsom, in the toe of Louisiana’s boot,[…]
Curtis Mayfield, NASA, and you
We can’t help but sing “people get ready” around here, and not just because Curtis Mayfield has that sneaky-sweet-soulful voice. Spring has arrived, and it’s a key time for gathering observations about carbon dioxide. This spring of 2016 lands just after a major anomaly was recorded at NOAA’s Mauna Loa[…]
Just me, or are allergies getting worse?
As many of you have observed Spring has sprung a little early this year; in some places it seems like winter barely happened. On Sunday, Spring officially springs. The “green-up” associated with the season means lots of things are blooming: flowers, trees and for many of us – our allergies.[…]
The Iditarod Great Sled Race, which carries dogs and their mushers over a breathtaking array of Alaskan landscapes, has long captured our attention here at #ISeeChange. For 43 years, no matter what the conditions, mushing teams have pounded north through the heart of Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome. Along the[…]