Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?

Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.

Chris Slocum, Physical Scientist, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes sea-surface-temperatures meteorology natural-disasters atmospheric-science oceans wind

Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is this rapid intensification really becoming more common?

Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.

Chris Slocum, Physical Scientist, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes sea-surface-temperatures meteorology natural-disasters atmospheric-science oceans wind

Hurricane Laura was the latest storm with rapid intensification, but is this really becoming more common?

Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.

Chris Slocum, Physical Scientist, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes sea-surface-temperatures meteorology natural-disasters atmospheric-science oceans wind

Are hurricanes strengthening more rapidly?

Hurricanes Harvey, Michael and now Laura all had rapid intensification, but is it really becoming more common?

Chris Slocum, Physical Scientist, NOAA and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change hurricanes meteorology natural-disasters atmospheric-science oceans wind

How airplanes counteract St. Elmo’s fire during thunderstorms

On the ground, windy conditions strengthen these electrical flashes, but new experiments tell a different story for flying objects.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aircraft research weather wind school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering

How airplanes counteract St. Elmo’s Fire during thunderstorms

On the ground, windy conditions strengthen these electrical flashes, but new experiments tell a different story for flying objects.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aircraft research weather wind school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering

Climate change to make extreme waves more frequent

"An increase in the risk of extreme wave events may be catastrophic, as larger and more frequent storms will cause more flooding and coastline erosion."

Teju Hari Krishna-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change flooding oceans wind earth-and-environment waves

What makes the wind?

Wind travels all over the world. Where does it come from, and why?

Adam Sokol, Doctoral Student in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: hurricane atmospheric-science curious-kids curious-kids-us weather hydroelectricity air wind

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

Tags: water soil rain weather wind science-and-technology

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