A massive Saharan dust plume is moving into the southeast US, bringing technicolor sunsets and suppressing tropical storms
From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.
June 25, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate hurricanes storms atmospheric-science weather air-quality atlantic-ocean dust sahara tropical-rainforest
While the CDC estimates heat contributes to 600 deaths in the US each year, new research finds that the number may be many more times that.
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Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.
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The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.
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Hurricane and tornado winds spin in circles, but there's another, equally dangerous storm type where winds barrel straight ahead. They're called derechos, and are most common in summer.
June 15, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: hurricane storms meteorology natural-disasters weather-forecasting weather tornado thunderstorm great-plains
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.
June 5, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: climate-change ecology rainfall prairies grasslands ecosystem-recovery weather us-midwest weeds precipitation native-plants restoration-ecology
Wind travels all over the world. Where does it come from, and why?
May 14, 2020 • ~5 min
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Finding could be useful for attempts to manipulate the weather using technology.
May 14, 2020 • ~5 min
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Warm winter spells in the United Kingdom have increased in frequency and duration two to three times over since 1878, report scientists.
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