The Already-Flooded East Coast Faces a Massive Storm Surge from Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin strengthened to a Category 4 this afternoon on its way through the Bahamas. It’s now a large, powerful storm with sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph. The biggest threat, however, is Joaquin’s storm surge, which is raising sea levels five to ten feet in the Bahamas and could do the same — or worse —… »10/01/15 6:20pmThursday 6:20pm

The US Is Testing a Storm Surge Warning System for Hurricanes

The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive—sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype… »5/19/15 8:00pm5/19/15 8:00pm

Behold the Most Accurate Simulation of an F5 Tornado Ever

As awful as the movie Twister was, it helped bring to light the challenges of researching tornadoes. Namely, how do you get close enough to study something that's powerful enough to kill you? One obvious solution is to simulate them, and thanks to recent advancements, a team of researchers was finally able to create a… »11/10/14 1:28pm11/10/14 1:28pm

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 12:00pm6/04/14 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 1:20pm5/02/14 1:20pm