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Texas Guardsmen assist a motorist stuck on snow and ice during extreme winter weather conditions in Abilene, Texas

How Unprecedented Was the February 2021 Texas Cold Snap?

A look at historical trends shows that extreme cold spells are relatively common during Texas winters. Maybe it’s time to start designing for it.

by James Doss-Gollin, David J Farnham, Upmanu Lall, Vijay Modi |March 16, 2021

Experts Weigh In on the Deep Freeze and Power Outages in Texas

Is a failure of wind power really behind the blackouts? How can we make sure this doesn’t happen again? Earth Institute scholars have answers to these questions and more.

by |February 18, 2021
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What Do Cold Snaps Have to Do With Climate Change?

Climate scientist Deepti Singh tells the cold truth about the extreme winter weather of the past few weeks.

by |January 13, 2018