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Extreme Weather

Weather at the extremes of the historical distribution

Earth and Beyond

Why Nemo May Soon Be Homeless

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A report published in PLoS ONE describes the effects of global warming on sea anemones and the fish species that depend on them, one of which was represented (in animated form) in the popular film "Finding Nemo." The brightly-colored clownfish is one of 27 species ...

Earth and Beyond

It's Getting Awfully Dusty Out West

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about 1 year 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?

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about 1 year 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?

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about 1 year 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 ...