Just last month, southeastern Texas saw some of the worst flooding in its history, described as “biblical” by many news outlets. Now, thanks to yet another spate of torrential rainfall, Texans are experiencing déjà vu all too soon.
Scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology recently captured a beautiful lightning storm using a new high speed camera.
There’s a huge snowstorm bearing down on the Eastern half and Northern parts of the United States, and if you’re nearby, here are the best tools to see if you’re in its path and how much snow you’ll get. Even if you’re not, or you’re a couch-bound storm chaser, these weather tools will come in handy.
It was a little behind schedule, but El Niño delivered its wrath upon California today, flushing the state with the first of many punishing rains. And you know what happens in punishing rains. Trash cans take to the streets. By themselves.
So El Niño was supposed to arrive this morning, and in true California style, it hasn’t showed up yet. Be warned, though, when El Niño does get here, it’s in the mood to fucking party—and it’s drinking to get drunk.
It was an uncharacteristically quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic, but the same cannot be said for the eastern Pacific and central Pacific basins, which got absolutely hammered this year. New maps by NASA and Unisys Weather show the extent of this year’s storm season.
A 1,000-year flood that rearranged boulders and buckled roads in Death Valley is the latest chilling window into how poorly prepared California is for the now-inevitable El Niño storms.
Hurricane Sandy petered out over the East Coast almost exactly three years ago. The storm left chaos in its wake—and in some cases, that chaos is still floating in its waterways, says the New York Times.
Yesterday, NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured, and captured this stunning image in infrared.
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 —…
Grab your boots, New Yorkers: The inundation of Hurricane Sandy might have been billed as a 3,000 year flood, but according to new research, the recurrence interval for Sandy-sized flood events has shrunk. By a factor of 23.
Lightning is beautiful and sprites delightful, but pulsating blue jets are even more fascinating when zapping out the top of an epic storm. Astronaut Andreas Mogensen captured the first-ever video of blue jets as seen from the International Space Station.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a decade ago, its destructive power was unprecedented. But these days, extreme weather events are becoming eerily common. How to prevent the next big storm from walloping the Big Easy? We might need to let the mouth of the Mississippi die.
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.
It’s a dark and stormy night, 28,000 feet over the Midwest. Just after 10:30 PM, I’m standing aft of the cockpit of a NASA DC-8, while lightning flashes outside the cabin windows.
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…
You're looking at a selection of marine life, from shrimp to jellies. But what's special abou these little blighters is that they reveal the presence of a typhoon in their past.
This nasty-looking storm (yes, that's a storm not some hostile extraterrestrial unleashing otherworldly Armageddon) only confirms what we've always known: Mother Nature can be truly terrifying.
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…
Ever wondered how we go from still air to swirling storm? In this video meteorologist—and storm chaser!—James Spann explains where tornadoes come from.