15 Dead Simple IFTTT Recipes That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

IFTTT—If This Then That—is an automator that links different internet connected services (think: Gmail) and devices (think: your smartphone). After turning on each service, or channel, you can use it as a trigger for another service, or vice versa. It may sound complicated, but it's actually a nice, intuitive way to… » 7/10/14 3:20pm 7/10/14 3:20pm

How Hot Your City Could Be By 2100 If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

It's a sorry truth that hits you mid-July: Average summer temperatures have been rising since the 1970s. If we continue down this path, according to a new study by Climate Central, in 2100, summers in Boston will feel more like sticky Miami—and summers in Miami will feel like toasty Harlingen, Texas. » 7/09/14 6:00pm 7/09/14 6:00pm

Tiny Changes in Earth's Gravity Can Help Predict Floods Months Away

When the Missouri River spilled over its banks in a catastrophic 2011 flood, we could have seen it coming—from space, that is. There's more to the story than meets the eye: the satellites don't take photos of snowpacks or rivers, but rather, they detect tiny changes in gravity over the Earth's surface to track water. » 7/08/14 3:00pm 7/08/14 3:00pm

Make Your Own Forecasts With this Tiny Smartphone Weather Station

If there's one thing your local TV weatherperson is good at, it's getting the forecast wrong—at least according to anyone over 50. So why rely on a TV personality to tell you tomorrow's forecast, when this compact weather station that attaches to your smartphone's headphone jack can provide all the data you need to… » 7/04/14 10:04am 7/04/14 10:04am

These Lights Can Recreate the Weather Above Your House Inside

Sappy couple alert! Say you're sitting in your apartment—feeling a little emo (it's okay!)—watching the sky get stormy beyond your window. Your baby's not near but you want to share the moment—and that's where Patch of Sky comes in. The fixtures wirelessly link up to your location and remotely mirror the weather… » 6/26/14 10:20am 6/26/14 10:20am

A Mesmerizing Site That Tracks and Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes

Did you know that a lightning strike emits a broadband pulse of radio waves that can be detected thousands of miles away? It's that phenomenon which allows a website called Blitzortung to show lightning strikes as they happen all around the world, in real-time. If you thought it was hard to tear your eyes away from… » 6/23/14 12:40pm 6/23/14 12:40pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains weather and climate change for dummies

Weather and climate change are not the same. While weather is unpredictable from one week to the next, climate follows a stable pattern that is developed over centuries. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains these seemingly obvious differences so even the dumbest people can understand them. » 5/30/14 4:20pm 5/30/14 4:20pm

Who Designed the Weather Icons?

To modern eyes, they're as intuitive as the alphabet: The bubbly cloud, the circle and its simplistic rays of sunshine. But our weather icons are actually pretty new inventions. Up until the 1970s, meteorologists used an enigmatic system of symbols to forecast the weather—until a design student came along and changed… » 5/27/14 4:27pm 5/27/14 4:27pm

What Causes the Smell After It Rains?

There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the "clean" smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused by ozone. Ozone (scientifically known as trioxygen due to the fact that it is comprised of three oxygen atoms) is notably pungent and has a very sharp smell that… » 5/27/14 11:20am 5/27/14 11:20am

Watch a massive thunderstorm form in this timelapse

Man, this looks like some end of the world type weather. It's the type of thunderstorm I'd see in a movie and think the CGI was too fake. It's the type of supercell I'd see in real life and think it's all over for everybody. It remind us how small we are, how incredible (and scary!) nature can be and how damn cool it… » 5/19/14 8:01pm 5/19/14 8:01pm

What Parts Of The Country Get The Worst Weather Predictions?

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When you check the day's temperature or see if it's going to rain on your way to work, the answer can vary widely depending on where you look. Luckily, the website ForecastAdvisor—which grades the accuracy of U.S. forecasting outlets such as The Weather Channel, National Weather Service (NWS), CustomWeather, and … » 5/02/14 4:23pm 5/02/14 4:23pm

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

Don't Drive 1,000 MPH: Raindrops Will Destroy Your Windshield

Rain hitting your windshield can mean dicey road conditions and traffic snags. According to XKCD's What If, the force of those drops hitting your windshield can also destroy your car's windshield. Lesson learned: don't drive at speeds of Mach 1.5 in a downpour if you want your glass to survive. » 4/26/14 10:00am 4/26/14 10:00am