As of mid April, at least 570 tornadoes have been reported in the United States this year. That’s nearly a hundred more than the typical tally for mid-spring. So what’s going on there, America?
Using a powerful supercomputer, meteorologists have simulated the “El Reno” tornado—a category 5 storm that swept through Oklahoma on May 24, 2011.
Earlier today, a series of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms bulldozed through southern Louisiana, leaving devastation in their wake. East New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, experienced major damage as a result, including NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Early reports from NASA…
Tornadoes that come in bunches are on the rise in the United States, according to a new study. Though it might be tempting to blame climate change, scientists aren’t entirely sure what’s causing this troubling trend.
Last week’s flooding in France saw rivers reach their highest levels in 50 years, forcing the Louvre to move its art away from rising waters. After the floods caused 18 deaths and nearly one billion Euros in damage, French President Francois Hollande made a statement urging his country to take stronger action against…
Historic flooding—called “biblical” by almost every news organization—has paralyzed southeast Texas, evacuating neighborhoods, cancelling flights, and closing schools. The heaviest rain fell around Houston, where some areas saw 24-hour rainfall totals of up to 17 inches. At least seven people have died due to…
Florida, America’s lowest-lying state, faces dire predictions thanks to the accelerated melting of the world’s ice sheets. But a new study says this future is coming sooner and faster than previously predicted, prompting a major survey by the US Army Corps of Engineers to shore up the state’s most vulnerable regions.
Has your electricity gone out this summer? Did it feel like it was out for a long time? You may not be imagining things: A huge data analysis by a team of Berkeley scientists gives us a glimpse at the future of our drought-addled, storm-riddled electrical system.
We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark.
We suspected it was coming, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just confirmed: July 2015 was, without a doubt, the hottest month in recorded history. Hot damn.
Earlier this year, U.S. scientists announced El Niño’s arrival, but described it as “weak.” Now, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has moved its own tracker status from alert to full-on El Niño, warning of widespread drought and warmer temperatures.
A huge storm, cyclone Phailin (pronounced: phie-lin), is approaching the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on the eastern coast of India and will probably also cause heavy rain in neighboring states. Indian authorities evacuated half a million people over the past few days as predictions about the storm grew more…
Whoa, this is definitely not a storm you'd want to get caught in. This past weekend, a German town in Lower Saxony was absolutely pummelled by hail stones the size of tennis balls. Damage is estimated to be in the millions.
The world record for the hottest recorded temperature of 58°C (136.4°F) was set at Al Azizia, Libya, in 1922. This year, a team of researchers — including one who was almost killed in Libya's 2011 revolution — invalidated that record. Here's the harrowing story of how they did it.
Extremely powerful tornados touched down today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported, but the storms were so ferocious some 18-wheeler trailers were tossed fifty or so feet upward as if they were Tonka toys. It gives one pause to realize that's several tons of metal…
Last night an epic storm blew through Wisconsin. According to Menasha resident Jon Baas, hundreds of nonstop lightning flashes lit up the sky for an hour. Wisconsinites also contended with with high winds, rain, and hailstones the size of baseballs.
An absolutely massive sandstorm rolled through Kuwait last Friday, blotting out the sun and transforming early evening into night immediately. Here's eyewitness footage from motorists enveloped by the the roiling sand. You'll want to see this.
Ever wanted to drive a death-proof tank into the middle of a tornado and film the whole thing from behind a layer of safety glass? That's just what happens in forthcoming IMAX extravaganza Tornado Alley, filmed mostly in Kansas during storm season. Now you can see it in eye-peeling IMAX in New York's American Museum…