Hurricanes Harvey, Michael and now Laura all had rapid intensification, but is it really becoming more common?
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~6 min
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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
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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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More than one million weather observations were made by aircraft each day in 2019. Since the pandemic started, these have dropped by 90%.
May 13, 2020 • ~6 min
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In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.
March 5, 2020 • ~8 min
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Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.
Jan. 27, 2020 • ~8 min
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