Weather

Droughts have come and gone over the course of U.S. history. The worst periods of drought were in the 1950s and 1930s, though the droughts of the Dust Bowl era of the ‘30s remain the most extreme....
What is considered “normal” weather is determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which, every 10 years, tabulates average weather data for the previous 30 years. What is...
The air we breathe contains all kinds of tiny solid or liquid aerosols that can irritate the respiratory system (think tree pollen, wind-swept dust, and even viruses), but the greatest global...
An eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano triggered tsunami warnings throughout much of the Pacific, including the West Coast of the United States. It was a reminder of...
The Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter, produce no shortage of heroes and heart-tugging stories of athletes overcoming adversity to compete in the world’s most prestigious sporting events....
As the industrial revolution took hold, it was becoming apparent to many that the pollution emitted by industry could be damaging not only to human health, but to the built environment as well....
Most people who will never travel to more exotic locations will nonetheless recognize images of Mount Kilimanjaro topped with its legendary snows or the Great Barrier Reef and its rich marine life....
As children, often nothing seems scarier than thunder and lightning. Where you live, though, makes a difference as to how many lightning storms you’re likely to endure. Some parts of the United...
The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that global warming is radically changing weather patterns. Heat waves are more prolonged and intense, storms are stronger and more frequent,...
Blizzards across the eastern two-thirds of the United States have steadily increased in frequency over the last century. Due to accelerating changes to the climate, including rising ocean surface...
While every year there is speculation about where in the U.S. there might be a white Christmas, increasingly in recent years expectations have been tempered with the realization that global warming...
Temperature is the primary measure of climate change, usually described as the warming of the planet as average temperatures trend higher. Not just average high temperatures are trending higher but...
Everyone has different weather preferences. Some like a warm summer breeze, others thrive in the hot summer, while others yet enjoy the crisp air of fall. But nearly everyone can agree that days in...
One of the deadliest and most destructive tornado outbreaks impacted eight states on the night of Dec. 10, 2021. At least 90 people have been confirmed dead after more than 50 tornadoes were reported...
Earth’s climate systems are extraordinarily complex, producing every moment of the day weather and climate conditions of all varieties. Predicting the weather even a few days into the future...