Why does it take longer to fly from east to west on an airplane?

When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.

Skip Bailey, Aviation Institute Flight Training Coordinator and Instructor, University of Nebraska Omaha • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~5 min

How mapping the weather 12,000 years ago can help predict future climate change

Ice Age glaciers can help us track the jet stream 12,000 ago, and by comparing its path today we can see how it's moving northwards, changing weather patterns and indicating climate change.

Brice Rea, Professor, Geography, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

Beast from the East 2? What 'sudden stratospheric warming' involves and why it can cause freezing surface weather

Sudden warming more than 10 km above the north pole can mean sudden freezing down here.

Richard Hall, Research Associate, Climate Dynamics Group, University of Bristol • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

How city roads trap migrating fish

A recent US study found tyre chemicals were polluting rivers and poisoning migratory salmon.

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences, Swansea University • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Why snow days are becoming increasingly rare in the UK

Since 1979, the average number of snow days has fallen by about five per decade.

Eunice Lo, Research Associate in Climate Science, University of Bristol • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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

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

A little-known technology change will make video streaming cheaper and pave the way for higher quality

A new standard for how videos are sent through the internet and read by your computer could make the digital world more inclusive, says media scholar Jason Schmitt.

Jason Schmitt, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Media & Design, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Sierra Nevada pools and riffles are in trouble

"The high elevation zone you love to hike around in, and streams that you love to go fishing in, and places that you look to as your refuge for solace are changing."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

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