Aerosols from pollution, desert storms, and forest fires may intensify thunderstorms

Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 31, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS • mit
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

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An algorithm with an eye for visibility helps pilots in Alaska

Real-time visibility estimates are a critical need in remote areas where visual flight is common and automated weather stations are scarce.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Jan. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Study: For low-income countries, climate action pays off by 2050

Economic benefits of mitigation arrive much sooner than previously thought.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 1, 2019 ~5 min

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Climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant

Study finds rising temperatures feed more energy to thunderstorms, less to general circulation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2019 ~6 min

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A “pacemaker” for North African climate

Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2019 ~7 min

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