How can smoke from West Coast fires cause red sunsets in New York?

Last week, much of the Midwest and eastern US experienced hazy skies and red sunsets. The cause was smoke transported from the Western US by the jet stream and spread as far as Boston and even Europe.

Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~4 min

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Giant balloons measure tiny ripples in the atmosphere

Giant balloons that beam the internet from the stratosphere reveal a new insight into gravity waves. The research could improve weather forecasts.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Wet winters no longer ease California’s wildfire risk

"Fire not being influenced by moisture anymore? That is surprising. It's going to be a problem for people, for firefighters, for society."

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
March 11, 2019 ~6 min

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