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The Haunting Weather Statement That Saved Lives During Hurricane Katrina

Most of us don’t think much of the weather statements that meteorologists from the National Weather Service make every single day. Until there’s a natural disaster, of course. But a forecast issued as Hurricane Katrina slammed into the the Gulf states ten years ago today made history for its eloquence—and changed the… » 8/29/15 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

This wet microburst is like the sky turning on a giant faucet

According to the greatest Internet resource, a wet microburst is a “small-scaled downburst” that is “accompanied by significant precipitation”. I think that’s underselling it a bit because man, this wet microburst that popped off in Tucson, Arizona basically looks like the sky decided to drop all of its rain at one… » 8/13/15 8:20pm 8/13/15 8:20pm

A Typhoon Lifted This Parked 747 Off The Ground

Typhoon Soudelor tore through Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, reportedly killing more than 20 people. While winds gusted up to 180 miles per hour over the ocean, the angry air eased to tropical storm status once it made landfall. Even so, that was enough to make this 747 parked at Taipei test its tethers.
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Cutting Emissions Through Biofuels Will Lead to Water Shortages

Climate change mitigation could actually increase water shortage in some areas rather than reduce it, according to new research. The source of the problem is clear: greater demand for biofuels, intended to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, requires massive increases in irrigation in productive but relatively arid… » 8/07/15 3:30am 8/07/15 3:30am

What Should We Name The Drought?

It’s been called a historic drought. An exceptional drought. A catastrophic drought. But it’s four rainless years later, and we still don’t have an actual name for that drought that’s spreading throughout the Western United States. Everyone just calls it “The Drought.” It’s time to come up with something better. » 8/03/15 7:15pm 8/03/15 7:15pm

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 7/28/15 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