Hurricane Florence is so huge, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens
Images revealing the power of Hurricane Florence enthrall us and terrify us at the same time.
- The worst part of Hurricane Florence are the high and destructive storm surges it caused.
- Photography from space captured the scope of the storm.
- The science involved is fascinating but scary.
What's so scary about Florence?
A hurricane's numerical classification tends to dominate the headlines, but it tells only part of the story—it rates a storm's wind speeds—and not necessarily the most life-threatening part. Florence's worst aspect: it's slowing down and stalling over coastal areas, causing up to 19-foot storm surges, and dropping from 6 to 40 (!) inches of rain. And any hurricane produces disruptive, dangerous winds, regardless of its official category.
A fascinating glimpse at nature
Onboard the ISS, Gerst was able to capture some incredible images looking down in the storm's eye.
Of course, as stately as Florence's eye may look in these pictures, an NOAA video reminds us that it's a churning place full of tremendous latent power.
We're more dependent on them than we realize.
- Scientists says our survival depends on biodiversity.
- A natural climate strategy we often forget.
- Seeing our place among the Earth's living creatures.
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While short-term results are positive, there is mounting evidence against staying in ketosis for too long.
- Recent studies showed volunteers lost equal or more weight on high-carb, calorie-restricted diets than low-carb, calorie restricted diets.
- There might be positive benefits to short-term usage of a ketogenic diet.
- One dietician warns that the ketogenic diet could put diabetics at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis.
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