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

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Why more hospital visits occur just before a thunderstorm

To investigate the link between thunderstorms and ER visits, researchers analyzed lots of data from the National Weather Service and Medicare.

U. Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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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

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Machine learning could improve hurricane prediction

Machine learning could improve forecasts for hurricanes. The method could help save lives by giving people earlier warnings about severe storms.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Argentina’s ‘gargantuan’ hail may be biggest ever

A thunderstorm in Argentina a few years ago included what scientists now call "gargantuan hail," hailstones measuring between 7.4 and 9.3 inches across.

Matthew Carroll-Penn State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Solar storms can mess up gray whales’ sense of direction

Gray whales use Earth's magnetic field like a GPS to navigate their migrations, but cosmic bursts of radio static may throw them off.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

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New Orleans is vulnerable to growing storm surges

As the climate warms, the Gulf Coast will become even more susceptible to extreme storm surges, research finds. That's especially true for New Orleans.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Space ‘super-storms’ may be more common than we thought

"Don't be misled by the stats, it can happen any time, we simply don't know when and right now we can't predict when."

U. Oregon • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Sensors ready to monitor bridges during hurricanes

Monitoring bridges during hurricanes will give researchers real-time information about the effects of waves and rising water.

National Science Foundation • futurity
Oct. 1, 2019 ~1 min

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Fact check: Do hurricanes really cause early labor?

An OB-GYN addresses a common myth, that barometric pressure during a hurricane causes early labor, and shares how pregnant women should prepare for big storms.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Sept. 6, 2019 ~5 min

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