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Extreme Weather

Weather at the extremes of the historical distribution

Earth and Beyond

It's Getting Awfully Dusty Out West

10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A study published this week in Aeolian Research reveals that since 1994, the amount of dust that's been generated and blown across some parts of the western US has "gone up a few hundred percent," says University of Colorado-Boulder professor and study co-author ...

Earth and Beyond

Is This the New Normal?

11 months ago

"Is this the future?" asked Bill Nye, aka, the science guy, on CNN this evening. Nye, of course, was referring to the tornado that devastated the area around Oklahoma City today, which is, of course, not an isolated extreme weather event. We have been witnessing storms of increasingly greater ...

Earth and Beyond

Does Lightning Come From Outer Space?

11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A paper published last week in Physical Review Letters suggests that cosmic rays could be the source of lightning generated during thunderstorms on Earth. Physicists Alex Gurevich and Anatoly Karashtin analyzed radio pulses from almost 3,800 lightning strikes in ...

Earth and Beyond

Thinking Cosmically About Global Warming

12 months ago

How can you think cosmically about global warming?  The first thing to do is appreciate how the Earth works, and that the Earth has been through many cycles of being hot and cold.  The Earth has been frozen over like a solid snowball several times in the past.  It’s been super-hot several times in ...

Earth and Beyond

Global Warming and Hurricane Sandy?

over 1 year ago

Hurricane Sandy's the hurricane from hell. It broke all records. It was the storm of the century. It is the hurricane we will tell our grandkids about. But can it happen again? This depends on the science behind the storm. Hurricane Sandy was unusual because it involved the collision of three air ...