Start of rainy season predicts food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

The onset of the rainy season can affect food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa as much as the amount of rain farmers receive overall, a new study shows.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Jan. 26, 2021 ~7 min

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

Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Climate change could cause droughts across North America

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

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

Less snow and more rain could lead to bigger floods

New research offers insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world that has less snow.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Climate change made Hurricane Florence bigger

Scientists knew human-induced climate change would cause Hurricane Florence to be bigger and wetter, even before the storm hit. Here's how.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~3 min

Rain gets worse after hurricane winds die down

Hurricane rains that come once winds subside may actually have more intensity than when the storm is at its strongest.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~4 min

Plants will make future river flooding way worse

The next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain. New research identifies another culprit: Leafy plants.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 25, 2019 ~5 min