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There's Still A Giant Pile of Unmelted Snow In the Middle of Buffalo 

We’d been tracking the slow demise of Boston’s Tide Street pile: A glacier of trash and black snow that served as a reminder of the worst winter in recent memory. Sadly Boston’s snow melted last week, RIP. But there’s a rival pile in Buffalo that’s just as big, nasty, and, yes, still frozen. » 7/28/15 7:15pm Tuesday 7:15pm

A lightning storm captured in slow motion is like an electric ballet

Even as a little kid who wanted lightning to strike me so I could get superpowers, I’ve always loved seeing the electric bolts get speared down from the clouds. Seeing lightning was always cool, it was the lagging and crackling thunder that was the scary part of any storm. That’s why this video of slow motion… » 7/24/15 12:47am 7/24/15 12:47am

Stunning time lapse video of the sky reveals its staggering beauty

This time lapse video, Edge of Stability by Jeff Boyce, is fantastic. It captures the ferocity and epic scale and beautiful orchestra of the clouds and the sky and the phenomenons that happen up there and it’s just stunning. Taken across 15 US states and Canada, some of the shots look absolutely unreal. » 7/22/15 8:50pm 7/22/15 8:50pm

US Coastlines Will Change Dramatically When Earth Warms by 2°C

At a UNESCO climate conference last week, scientists declared (once again) that climate change is already happening. The evidence is our wacky weather—even Paris, where the conference was held, was broiling in a historic heatwave. But the biggest red flag is the rise in peak global mean temperatures: Which means… » 7/13/15 2:20pm 7/13/15 2:20pm

So Many Fires Are Burning In Alaska the Midwest Is Covered In Smoke

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that’s sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now, a record-breaking… » 7/01/15 6:00pm 7/01/15 6:00pm

Does the Climate Science in Game of Thrones Make Sense?

The climate has been a persistent theme of Game of Thrones ever since Ned Stark (remember him?) told us “winter is coming” back at the start of season one. The Warden of the North was referring, of course, to the anticipated shift in Westerosi weather from a long summer to a brutal winter that can last for many years. » 6/16/15 3:30am 6/16/15 3:30am

What's the Difference Between 'Party Cloudy' and 'Mostly Sunny'?

If you ever thought it was difficult to tell the difference between “partly cloudy” and “mostly sunny,” you’re not alone. Established by the National Weather Service (NWS) according to a loose set of rules, the criteria used to describe different elements of your forecast can be pretty vague. » 6/05/15 6:30am 6/05/15 6:30am

Here's What Happens When Lightning Strikes A Charging Tesla

Tesla’s been pretty adamant for a while now that lightning is no unusual hazard to its all-electric Model S, any more so than lightning is a hazard to any regular car. But what looks to be a freak occurrence just captured on video shows that a bolt from the sky can, indeed, at least screw up your Tesla Model S. » 6/01/15 3:30pm 6/01/15 3:30pm

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 8:00pm 5/19/15 8:00pm