Andrew Freedman

Washington, D.C.

Editor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment.

Education: Tufts University, BA in political science; Columbia University, MA in Climate and Society; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA

Andrew Freedman is an editor for the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post. He has long covered science research and policy, with a focus on climate change, extreme weather and the environment. He was among the first reporters to popularize the term "polar vortex" during the infamous East Coast winter of 2013 to 2014. He joined The Post in 2019, having worked as an editor and reporter for Axios, Mashable, Climate Central and other publications.
Latest from Andrew Freedman

White House appoints former NOAA leader Jane Lubchenco to key climate change role

Lubchenco is tasked with leading climate and environmental science efforts in the White House.

March 19, 2021

Damaging tornado outbreak hits South, severe weather threat shifts to Southeast on Thursday

The Weather Service received more than 100 reports of severe weather, including 21 tornadoes Wednesday. Georgia, the Carolinas and southern Virginia are most at risk Thursday.

March 17, 2021

Warmer weather by itself won’t curtail the spread of covid-19, expert panel finds

Human behavior, including government decisions, plays a bigger role in determining the course of the coronavirus pandemic than any weather or climate factors, a report finds.

March 17, 2021

Weather panel ends use of Greek names for Atlantic hurricanes, retires deadly 2020 storms

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which was the busiest on record, will be the last to use the Greek alphabet, a committee convened by the World Meteorological Organization decided.

March 17, 2021

Historic blizzard bearing down on Colorado and Wyoming

Snow is overspreading Colorado, where Denver is forecast to receive one to two feet. Blizzard conditions could affect parts of northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

March 13, 2021

Blockbuster snowstorm on tap for Denver, Cheyenne with blizzard conditions possible

An unusually heavy snowstorm is likely to hit the Denver metro area, Colorado foothills and southeastern Wyoming, while spawning severe thunderstorms as well to the east.

March 10, 2021

U.S. sees coldest February since 1989 amid global temperature dip

The planet’s temperature was above average, but 2021 is off to cooler start compared to recent years.

March 8, 2021

Historic drought deepens in the West as window for rain, snow closes

This is the worst drought, in terms of its geographical scope, in over 20 years.

March 3, 2021

New climate ‘normal’ for Atlantic hurricanes shows more frequent and intense storms

Recent years have seen a significant uptick in hurricane activity, both in terms of storm numbers and intensity.

March 3, 2021

Climate ‘champion’ Katharine Hayhoe joins Nature Conservancy as chief scientist

Hayhoe, a well-known climate researcher and communicator, will still continue in academia.

March 1, 2021