Scientists at work: Sloshing through marshes to see how birds survive hurricanes

Birds found along the Gulf Coast have evolved to ride out hurricanes and tropical storms. But with development degrading the marshes where they live, it's getting harder for them to bounce back.

Mark Woodrey, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change birds ecology mississippi sea-level-rise hurricanes scientists-at-work tropical-storms coastal-development marshes wetlands gulf-coast alabama

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK's wettest day on record

Persistent rain on Saturday 3 October breaks the record for the wettest day across the entire UK.

bbcnews
Oct. 16, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change severe-weather loch-ness met-office storm-ciara

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19

Patients suffering from severe COVID-19 may be experiencing a rogue antibody response similar to that seen in autoimmune diseases. The findings offer new approaches for COVID-19 therapy.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor, Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Oct. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  immune-system  pandemic  sars-cov-2  viruses  infection  cytokine-storm  antibody  autoimmune-diseases  b-cell

3D model seeks to explain mysterious hexagon storm on Saturn

Harvard researchers use a 3D model to figure out how a hexagon-shaped mega-storm on Saturn was formed.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences juan-siliezar saturn department-of-earth-and-planetary-sciences hexagon-storm jeremy-bloxham rakesh-k-yadav

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

Tags: floods storms rain weather earth-and-environment

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names – and then two more storms formed

It's only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there's an unusual twist to where many of the storms are forming this year.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense, it just ran out of storm names

In an unusual twist, many of those storms have been forming closer to the US coast.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes storms el-nino meteorology natural-disasters oceans atlantic-ocean la-nina tropical-cyclones enso

Why more hospital visits occur just before a thunderstorm

To investigate the link between thunderstorms and ER visits, researchers analyzed lots of data from the National Weather Service and Medicare.

U. Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: storms air-pollution weather earth-and-environment health-and-medicine emergency-medicine

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

What is hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

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