Articles by Brian K. Sullivan

To Date, Wildfires Are Burning 3 Times More of California Than in 2017

California’s wildfires are now burning through land at a pace more than three times faster than last year’s blazes. About 4,200 fires have charred 726,000 acres (294,000 hectares) in the state so far this year, according to figures from the …

Wildfires in California Are Mostly Burning in Rural Areas

Dry, hot and windy conditions are threatening to expand California’s largest wildfires, which so far are burning in largely rural areas, muting their economic impact. The fires, which have killed 12 people and burned an area almost as big as …

Dust from Sahara Desert Moves West, Puts Brakes on Atlantic Hurricanes

Atlantic storm watchers are going to have a hard time seeing the ocean, never mind any tropical systems, as another Saharan swirl of dust from Africa is moving west. The dust, a marker for dry air, has spread out across …

Atlantic Hurricane Season Had Early Start, but Fewer Storms Are Expected

The Atlantic hurricane season may have gotten off to an early start this year, but it’ll probably end with a whimper — at least when it comes to the total number of storms. Twelve named storms are likely to form …

Fires, Floods & Heatwaves on 3 Continents: Blame the Jet Stream, a Warming World

Sweltering? Swimming? Choking on wildfire smoke? Blame it on the jet stream and a warming world. Kinked, buckled, stuck or stalled, it doesn’t matter how you describe it, the jet stream — the ribbon of wind that circles the Earth …

Alberto Weakens to Depression, Moving North Across Alabama

Storm Alberto weakened to a subtropical depression, moving across central Alabama after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle and bringing heavy rains that threaten the U.S. South with economic losses of $1 billion. Alberto was 30 miles (45 kilometers) west …

Weakening Alberto Brings Heavy Rains to Southeast for Memorial Day

Subtropical Storm Alberto lost strength as it came ashore near Laguna Beach in Florida Monday, bringing heavy rains that threaten the U.S. South with economic losses of $1 billion. Alberto was 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Panama City, Florida, when …

Alberto, 2018’s First Named Storm, Heading for Florida, Southeast Coast

Meet Alberto, the first named storm of 2018. The sub-tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to bring heavy rain to western Cuba and much of Florida early next week, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday. Alberto …

What NOAA Forecasts for 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

On the heels of the costliest hurricane year on record, the Atlantic is expected to produce five to nine of the mighty storms during the six-month season that starts June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. A total …

Nor’easter May Break Records, Threatens Billions in Real Estate

A potentially record-breaking nor’easter is set to pummel the U.S. East Coast with wind, snow and rain Friday, putting billions of dollars of coastal real estate at risk from “unprecedented flooding.” While upwards of a foot (30 centimeters) of snow …