Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day. » 7/04/14 3:00pm Friday 3:00pm

NYC Is Actually Building These Radical Storm-Proofing Systems

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy tore into NYC, the city's still not much more prepared than it was then. So news that the Federal government has doled out $540 million to fund a handful of flood-proofing infrastructure projects this week is a welcome surprise. Not to mention that the systems look pretty damn… » 6/04/14 12:00pm 6/04/14 12:00pm

Storm-Proofing NYC Will Cost At Least $11 Billion, But It's Worth It

Humans are almost universally bad at planning for the distant future—most of us would rather live in blissful, unprepared ignorance than think about our Roth IRA. The same goes for cities: Dealing with the next storm is way easier than spending many billions of dollars to protect us from storms 20 years down the road. » 5/02/14 1:20pm 5/02/14 1:20pm

Time-lapse: The hypnotizing superstorms of the Great Plains

The Great Plains of the United States. Some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth happen over this vast land. Often, their beauty is on their skies, as these territories are the stage of some of the the most incredible thunderstorms and supercells in the world. This mesmerizing time-lapse—filmed in Wyoming… » 2/11/14 12:36am 2/11/14 12:36am

5 Radical Ideas To Protect Coastal Cities From the Next Big Storm

A bridge that deploys huge inflatable buoys to slow storm surges. A barrier reef grown from minerals harvested by electrical currents. An artificial island protecting the most surge-prone neighborhoods. Most of us are bracing for a blizzard this week, but the winners of a recent design competition, Stormproof, are… » 1/02/14 9:00am 1/02/14 9:00am

A Really Enormous Cyclone Is About To Hit India's Eastern Coast

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… » 10/12/13 1:10pm 10/12/13 1:10pm

Is This Terrifying Storm About to Eat Manhattan?

All day we've been hearing about some terrible storms, and wind, and tornados that are coming for us New Yorkers. But thanks to the folks at EarthCam, we can watch the this horrifying weather come straight at us live from a webcam mounted on the Statue of Liberty. It's getting dark over our office. Oh my god is the… » 10/07/13 3:42pm 10/07/13 3:42pm

Three Major Ways NYC Is Already Preparing For the Next Big Storm

In June, Mayor Bloomberg presented a 438-page proposal that laid out hundreds of ways in which New York needs to adapt to survive storms like Sandy, which hit the city almost a year ago. Some of his recommendations were sensible, others were intriguing. Most of them seeemed like long-term investments. But the city is… » 8/12/13 11:00am 8/12/13 11:00am

Lightning Looks Beautifully Terrifying At 11,000 Frames Per Second

There's a reason "lightning" is so often a modifier for fast; you can barely see it even if you're staring at the right place at the right time. But if you're looking at the right place at the right time with a camera that can capture 11,000 frames per second, you're going to see an incredible show. » 5/11/13 7:11pm 5/11/13 7:11pm

Bury Yourself Under This Avalanche Of Winter Storm Nemo Timelapses

Winter storm Nemo's triumphant entrance has come and gone by this point, and there's no shortage of documentation to show for it. After all, any aspiring snowpocalypse worth its (road) salt inspires an army of time timelapses that speed the storm's once fluttering bounty into a straight-up dump. Here are a couple of… » 2/09/13 9:00pm 2/09/13 9:00pm