Gaps between night and day heat drives severe storms

Larger differences between the Earth's surface temperature at night and day increase the risk of severe thunderstorms and flood-causing cloud bursts.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Why does some rain fall harder than other rain?

Some rainstorms drench you in a second, while others drop rain in a nice peaceful drizzle. A meteorologist explains how rainstorms can be so different.

Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

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What would it feel like to touch a cloud?

You might have already felt what it would be like inside a cloud made of condensed water vapor.

Katja Friedrich, Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

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When water vapor blows in, dry soil gets rain?

New research clarifies the role of water vapor in rainfall, a complex relationship that remains mysterious.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Less snow and more rain could lead to bigger floods

New research offers insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world that has less snow.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.

Tom Corringham, Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, University of California San Diego • conversation
Jan. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Climate change made Hurricane Florence bigger

Scientists knew human-induced climate change would cause Hurricane Florence to be bigger and wetter, even before the storm hit. Here's how.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~3 min

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