Hurricane Matthew continues westward shift, strikes US East Coast

Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, is available to comment on Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall at the southwestern tip of Haiti this morning and is likely to continue its westward shift towards North Carolina, New England and Eastern Massachusetts. Bio: https://dnr.cals.cornell.edu/people/keith-tidball Tidball says: “A westward shift in computer forecast models […]

Temperatures to spring above normal come April

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says the Northeast Region will have above normal temperatures in April, May and June. Spaccio says: “The entire Northeast Region has increased chances of above normal temperatures during these months. New England has the highest probability with a 60 to 70 percent […]

White Christmas only in your dreams, thanks to El Niño

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, crunched numbers from over 50 years of winters – including El Niño winters ­– to calculate which cities will see a white Christmas this year. Media Note: Charts comparing snowfall in the northeast can be downloaded from: https://cornell.box.com/WhiteChristmas2015   Spaccio says: […]

Uncertainty of Joaquin’s path could mean trouble for coastal communities

Mark Wysocki, a meteorologist who specializes in forecasting and weather analysis, says it’s too early to predict Joaquin’s impact on the Northeast, but expects the storm to be somewhat similar to Hurricane Sandy in the difficulty to predict the exact track of the storm until 48 hours out. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=mww3   Wysocki says: “The exact […]

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 […]

Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

ITHACA, N.Y. – Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to provide rainfall data that are key to a complex system of global flood prediction. A new Cornell University study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul. Particularly in many developing countries, satellite-based flood […]

Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to provide rainfall data that are key to a complex system of global flood prediction. A new Cornell University study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul. Particularly in many developing countries, satellite-based flood prediction has weak […]

Storm to bring mixture of rain, sleet, snow to region

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, reviews the forecast as a coastal storm approaches the region. Spaccio says: “A coastal storm is developing and is expected to bring accumulating snow to the Finger Lakes area. A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday […]

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 […]

Now is the time to prepare for tornado season 2014

As the United States heads into the peak of tornado season, Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response, leader of the Nature and Human Security Program at Cornell University, and a veteran of tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo., and elsewhere, urges every family to begin planning now – before a natural disaster strikes. Tidball […]