Fewer monsoons may make fighting wildfires harder

Winter rains can temper Arizona's wildfire season, but monsoon rains shut them down. Unfortunately, this monsoon season was the second-driest ever.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire rainfall earth-and-environment monsoons

Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology history environments-sustainability alvin-powell michael-mccormick spanish-flu rainfall world-war-i alexander-more initiative-for-the-science-of-the-human-past long-island-university nottingham-university paul-mayewski university-of-maine

Curious Kids: How much does a cloud weigh?

It's a lot more than you might think.

Rob Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Meteorology, University of Reading • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: rainfall meteorology curious-kids clouds

Rain plays a surprising role in making some restored prairies healthier than others

Restoring former prairies that have been plowed under for farming delivers land, wildlife and climate benefits. But a new study finds that the weather plays a surprising role.

Lars Brudvig, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change ecology rainfall prairies grasslands ecosystem-recovery weather us-midwest weeds precipitation native-plants restoration-ecology

Cold war nuclear tests changed rainfall thousands of miles away

Finding could be useful for attempts to manipulate the weather using technology.

Giles Harrison, Professor of Atmospheric Physics, University of Reading • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: rainfall meteorology weather nuclear-tests

Climate change: how Senegal's colonial history made it more vulnerable

We need to understand colonial histories to understand climate risks.

Nick Bernards, Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  history  agriculture  farming  colonialism  rainfall  peanuts  senegal

Is air pollution behind 80-year decline in monsoon rain?

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been declining for 80 years, and air pollution is the most likely culprit, researchers say.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
May 16, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: pollution rainfall earth-and-environment monsoons

Rain on other side of the planet foreshadows California heat

Scientists can predict heatwaves in California by looking for rain half a world away.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: rainfall temperature weather prediction featured science-and-technology

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