Northeastern farmers smarter with new drought atlas

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming program has added a new online tool – the New York State/Northeast Drought Atlas – to help farmers adapt to a warming world. The atlas presents drought severity state-by-state, county-by-county, for the entire region from 1950 to the present. The drought maps will be updated monthly, with […]

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. Because of its topographic complexity, the new atlas delivers critical […]

Drought doubt lingers with warm summer predictions

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says that while the drought in the Northeast is over, predictions of above-normal temperatures this summer could be a concern for agriculture in the region. The Northeast Regional Climate Center monitors and assesses climatic conditions in the twelve-state, northeastern region of the […]

Climate change plus El Niño could equal destruction for California and Caribbean

Toby Ault, professor in Cornell’s department of earth and atmospheric sciences says this year’s El Niño combined with trapped heat in the Pacific Ocean from climate change, could be a recipe for destruction in parts of the drought-afflicted regions of the Caribbean and California.   Por favor dale nota que Toby Ault está disponible para ser […]

Caribbean drought – a glimpse of the future under climate change

Toby Ault, professor in Cornell’s department of earth and atmospheric sciences says the drought conditions throughout the Caribbean are a possible glimpse of what climate change will look like. Ault was the lead researcher on several recent studies that predicted prolonged drought risk in the Caribbean region – as well as many parts of the […]

‘Megadrought’ likely for western U.S. by end of century

The consequences of climate change paint a bleak picture for the Southwest and much of America’s breadbasket, the Great Plains. A “megadrought” likely will occur late in this century, and it could last for three decades, according to a new report by Cornell University and NASA researchers in the journal Science Advances, published today. “The […]

Southwest may face ‘megadrought’ this century

Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century. The study by Cornell University, University of Arizona […]

Drought a sign of the future

With most of the Western states dealing with a drought, two Cornell University experts comment on causes as well as what should be done. Toby Ault, professor in Cornell’s department of earth and atmospheric sciences, is from Oregon and is an expert on climate patterns, specifically in the Southwest. He discusses how the risk for […]