When an Iceberg the Size of a Country Breaks Free, What Happens?

You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica… » 3/27/15 4:30am Friday 4:30am

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today

Watch For the Aurora Tonight, Even If You're In the South

If you're like me, you've spent years heeding forecasters telling you that the northern lights will DEFINITELY be visible tonight—and then seeing nothing but boring old night sky. Tonight, summon your faith and give it one last shot: There's a severe geomagnetic storm going on. » 3/17/15 8:00pm 3/17/15 8:00pm

What It Looks Like To Receive A World-Record Snow Dump 

Capracotta, a charming town in Italy's heartland, received a barely-believable 8 feet of snow over the course of 18 hours yesterday. That's possibly a world record for snowfall, and unsurprisingly, it's brought life in the town to a grinding halt. » 3/11/15 11:00pm 3/11/15 11:00pm

Florida's Environmental Strategy: Banning The Phrase "Climate Change"

The devastating effects of rising sea levels are well-documented in Florida, but officials in the state's Department of Environmental Protection are ordered against using the terms "climate change," "global warming," or "sustainability" in any official communications or documents. » 3/09/15 5:51am 3/09/15 5:51am

Watch different layers of clouds move in completely different directions

This is cool. A time lapse, aptly named Highway in the Sky by the guy who filmed it, shows how different layers of clouds in the same sky can actually move in completely different directions. It's like seeing clouds respect different flows of traffic. It's like seeing multiple skies in one. It's like staring at a… » 2/13/15 9:51pm 2/13/15 9:51pm

Scientists Weigh in on Plans to Hack the Weather and Cool the Earth

Geoengineering, i.e. tinkering with the climate to stop the rising tides of climate change, is a provocative and frankly still kinda crazy idea. Two long-awaited reports from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) out today have some pretty harsh words about geoengineering. » 2/10/15 4:10pm 2/10/15 4:10pm

We're Going to Fly Four Planes Straight into the Pineapple Express

When it rains in California, it really damn pours. The weather phenomenon is known as an atmospheric river, a narrow but concentrated band of moisture that can transport as much water vapor as 15 Mississippi Rivers. Atmospheric rivers can make or break a drought, but there's still so much we don't know about how or… » 2/04/15 7:20pm 2/04/15 7:20pm

If You Want a 100% Sunny Wedding Day You Can Pay $150k to Explode Clouds

This sounds fake as hell but it does have some scientific backup: A luxury travel company is offering a $150,000 cloud-killing package to guarantee sunny wedding days in the south of France. Pilots will consult with meteorologists to fly planes near the ceremony space three weeks leading up to the wedding. The planes… » 1/31/15 11:00am 1/31/15 11:00am

This Fleet Of Micro-Satellites Will Use GPS To Predict The Weather

Weather forecasting is one of those sciences that never seems to be quite as good as we want it to be. But what if it had more data? That's the idea behind Spire, a tech startup which wants to use a huge fleet of tiny, cheap satellites to tell you when it's going to rain. » 1/29/15 9:59pm 1/29/15 9:59pm

18 Snowy Photographs That Will Make You Love Winter Again

The holidays are over, and we're left dealing with the chilling hangover of Christmas-less winter. Luckily, we have these 16 photos you took of snow, too! » 1/13/15 2:00pm 1/13/15 2:00pm

You Can Trace a Typhoon Through Changes in Ocean Life

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. » 1/13/15 5:57am 1/13/15 5:57am

This alien combination of solar phenomena is a real Earth sunrise

Many of us have seen a 22º halo, that surreal circle of rainbow-colored light around the sun, in real life. Some of us have seen a sun pillar in real life. A lucky few have seen a sun dog in real life. But I doubt any of you have seen them all of these super rare phenomena—and more!—in one sunrise. » 1/12/15 6:31pm 1/12/15 6:31pm

What are the Best Touchscreen Gloves?

It's freezing outside, and you want to check Dark Sky to further hammer home just how cold you are, but your smart device rejects the inputs from your obsolete gloves, asserting that they haven't changed since at least The Odyssey. You need hand protection from the elements that works with your touchscreen, but which… » 1/12/15 3:45pm 1/12/15 3:45pm

Shooting Challenge: Snowy Scenes

The holidays are over, and we're left with nothing to look forward to but a few more months of bitter cold weather. Oh, and snow! Lots of snow! So let's take photos of snow! » 1/07/15 5:47pm 1/07/15 5:47pm

Climate Change Is Melting Christmas :(

"I'M DREAMING OF an ozone layer,
 Just like the one I used to know / Which kept out UV rays / Before aerosol sprays / And allowed for actual snow." » 12/24/14 3:00pm 12/24/14 3:00pm

These Mysterious Ice Pancakes Have Taken Over a Scottish River 

Weird things happen in the winter cold. At the River Dee in Scotland, that includes dozens of recently discovered "ice pancakes" floating on the river surface. Their strange shapes boggle the imagination, but rest assured, there's an explanation for their existence. » 12/22/14 10:03am 12/22/14 10:03am

The Meteorological Phenomenon That's Flooding California 

After a long drought, California is suddenly getting pounded with its biggest storm in a decade. Whoa, what's happening? It's all the work of an atmospheric river, a particular weather event that can be devastating when it hits land. » 12/11/14 12:34pm 12/11/14 12:34pm

What Happens When the Weatherman's Computer Fails

The weather team down at ABCNews4 just made the most of a horrific, live computer crash. Apparently, the computer that generates the graphics for the TV weather forecasts failed recently, but instead of just standing up there and talking in front of a blank screen, the team created some super half-assed chicken… » 12/09/14 2:50pm 12/09/14 2:50pm