Abnormally high temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean this summer have increased the chances of storms that could develop into hurricanes this year, researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week in an analysis that also predicted El Nino likely would continue through the winter.
All levels of government need better tools to predict the location and timing of wildfires, which destroy property but also cause health problems for firefighters and the public, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard Wednesday.
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is seeking a federal ethics investigation into a business deal between former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and agribusiness giant Archers Daniels Midland. The Washington Post reported this week that Perdue in early 2017 purchased an ADM soybean facility for $250,000 that was worth millions.
A powerful storm that brought high winds to a wide swath of Iowa and surrounding states has been labeled the most expensive thunderstorm in modern history and the second costliest weather event of 2020.