The Still-Frozen Great Lakes Could Mean Cold Temperatures All Summer

Last time we checked in with the Great Lakes, it was in the bone-chilling depths of the Polar Vortex, and a record-breaking 88 percent of the lakes were frozen. Now, here we are, at the end of April, and the lakes are still 30 percent frozen, which could mean a colder summer for the country. » 4/27/14 10:00am 4/27/14 10:00am

A Stunning Visualization of the Polar Vortex

There is no shortage of stunning photographs that record how the US was frozen solid earlier this month, but this animated GIF brings the big freeze to life in stunning technicolor. » 1/30/14 7:00am 1/30/14 7:00am

Stolen Ferrets, Fluorescent Fish, and the Upside of Cold

What a weird week for weather, huh? On earth, it was so cold that Canada got frostquakes. In space, a massive solar flare sent so many particles hurtling toward us that northern lights were visible outside of the Arctic circle. Here are some landscape reads for this week, taking you under the sea and deep inside of… » 1/13/14 4:40pm 1/13/14 4:40pm

The best snow shovel and the attachment that makes it even better

Snow shoveling is the hangover after the euphoria of snowfall. Our writers and editors are based all over the U.S., and now that winter has descended on many of us, we have a vested interest in finding the best tool for the job. » 1/10/14 2:35pm 1/10/14 2:35pm

Why the Entire Country Is Frozen Solid

The US finds itself firmly in Old Man Winter's icy grip this year, with recent temperatures across the Midwest and Eastern seaboard rivaling those in Antarctica and, at times, even the surface of Mars. But what's behind this frigid weather? And, more importantly, when will it end? » 1/06/14 6:21pm 1/06/14 6:21pm

Watch how America is getting frozen in this time-lapse from space

Hercules, Ion, evil polar vortexes and Disney movie marketing—the winter has come and United States is freezing. Scientists expect temperatures not recorded in two decades, as low as -30F (-34C). Here you can see it happening from space using NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. » 1/06/14 7:29am 1/06/14 7:29am