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16 May 2019

Earthquake in 2009 intensified American Samoa’s rising sea levels

The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly 200 lives and severely damaging water and electrical systems.  New research reveals the damage is likely to continue in the island Tutuila, also known as American Samoa.


13 June 2018

Stunning Data From The Bottom of the World: Antarctic Ice Loss Triples

A group of over 80 researchers published some stunning data in Nature today, and it shows the ice loss in Antarctica has tripled since 1992. The loss of ice rose sea levels worldwide an average of 7.6 mm and rate of ice loss in West Antarctica has tripled since 1992! The paper was one of several in this issue of Nature and it’s worth grabbing a copy of the entire …


17 May 2018

Is There Something in the Water This Week?

In the last two days, there have been two laughable claims about sea level rise. The first was yesterday when the Wall Street Journal published a ridiculous piece by Fred Singer claiming that climate change had nothing to do with sea level rise. Today, North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks suggested that it was rocks falling into the ocean.  Interestingly, Brooks represents the district where NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is located.  …


6 April 2018

Early climate action has big effect on rising sea levels

Rising sea levels will accelerate this century and beyond, exposing hundreds of millions of people to flooding and other coastal hazards by the year 2300. But acting early to lower greenhouse gas emissions can slow that rise, say scientists in two new studies in Earth’s Future, an open access journal published by the American Geophysical Union.


24 November 2017

The Ten Mile Time Machine

I flew to the middle of the Chesapeake Bay Tuesday to visit Tangier Island. It’s just a 25-minute ride on the WBOC Chopper, and one of the most beautiful rides I’ve ever had in Chopper 16 (Yea, and I get paid to do this!). We made the trip to do a quick story on the new (much needed automated (AWOS3) weather station, and the photos are mine. (I’ve added the video …


7 November 2017

Scientists may have solved mystery of rapidly rising Indian Ocean sea level

Sea levels around the world have risen by 1.7 millimeters (0.07 inches) on average each year since 1880, but in recent years, scientists have observed a rapid increase in sea level in the north Indian Ocean. Tide gauge records and other datasets reveal the pace of sea level rise in the north Indian Ocean has accelerated to 3.1 millimeters (0.12 inches) per year within the last three decades. The accelerating sea level rise has confounded scientists but new research claims weakening of South Asian monsoons may be to blame.


9 August 2017

Rapidly rising seas: Scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots

Sea level rise hot spots — bursts of accelerated sea rise that last three to five years — happen along the U.S. East Coast thanks to a one-two punch from naturally occurring climate variations, a new study shows.


25 May 2017

Scientists discover new mode of ice loss in Greenland

A new study finds that during Greenland’s hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island’s west coast didn’t just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier’s interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing. The wave persisted for four months, with ice from upstream continuing to move down to replace the missing mass for at least four more months.


26 April 2017

Sea level rising faster now than during 1990s, new study shows

Global mean sea level is rising 25 percent faster now than it did during the late 20th century largely due to increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, a new study shows. Satellites first started measuring sea level rise in 1993. The new study revisits how well these measurements agree with independently observed changes in the various components contributing to sea level rise.


1 February 2017

You Really Must Read this Book

I have a book you should read, but if you live in Miami, Northeast North Carolina, New Orleans, or own a home near salt water, you MUST read this book. If you live in Kansas and didn’t know your tax dollars are going to rebuild millionaires beach homes after they were destroyed on a retreating beach, you just might be interested too. Anyone who starts looking for a good science …


24 May 2016

Tidal Troubles In The Mid-Atlantic

NOTE: This post is based on some research I did for an on-air story that aired today: Sea level rise is what’s called a slow motion disaster. These kind of events tend to be blamed on the symptoms rather than the cause, and often the preparation/ response to these type of events is inadequate. This is much the case where I live and work here in the Mid-Atlantic, on the …


17 January 2016

No, The Planet Did Not Stop Getting Warmer. Here’s the Proof.

Depending on how you interpret the data, the warming of the air may have slowed somewhat (This is very unlikely though) for a few years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but the planet as a whole is still warming steadily. We know this, because the oceans hold almost all the heat, and they are continuing to warm. The graph below is proof, and you might want to study …


10 December 2015

Historic Chesapeake Bay Island Is Running Out of Time

Most people have probably never heard of Tangier Island, but those who live around the Chesapeake bay have, and it has a long history. The island’s people speak in  distinct dialect that may very well be a close approximation of how colonial period Americans spoke. This island is part of the viewing area that I forecast for daily, but new research shows that Tangier is in serious jeopardy. The research …


18 May 2015

Latest Data Says Miami Is Sinking Into The Sea Even Faster Than Thought.

Here is a well written piece full of good factual information on the slow motion disaster underway in South Florida. It’ from Senior Researcher Brian McNoldy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine Science. I had a chance a few years back to spend an afternoon there, and talk with some of their scientists, and it was an illuminating day. As you read about the latest research, consider the problems …


30 December 2014

A Sinking Jewel of Sand and Sea

One of the great thing about living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is being nearby to a jewel of sea and sand, Assateague National Seashore is a place my family and I visit frequently, but most folks don’t know that it is also one of the spots where sea level is rising the fastest.. The National Seashore’s Facebook Page had an interesting post today about it, and they also …


14 July 2013

Stormy Weather, Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

I spent Friday evening driving through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and then down to Hooper’s Island in the Chesapeake Bay. It was a stormy evening, with over 7 inches of rain reported across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I was hoping to take some stormy sky pics, and I was not disappointed. Blackwater NWR is a beautiful area of marshes, and is a must see for those in …