The sun recently launched a coronal mass ejection, or CME, which is described as “large expulsions of plasma and magnetic fields from its corona.” Putting that into simpler terms, CNN called it a “massive solar belch,” sending a mass of protons and electrons through the solar system.
Because it’s the year 2020 and Mother Nature is a relentless, angry witch, the same August weekend that saw Fire Tornado Warnings in Northern California also brought record-setting heat in a place already noted for being intolerably hot, Death Valley National Park in California. Continue reading DEATH VALLEY HITS 130 DEGREES, THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED ON EARTH
Last month, the massive, hot ball of glowing hydrogen and helium at the center of our solar system—otherwise known as our sun—released its largest solar flare since October 2017. Although it’s too early to know for certain, NASA says in a statement that this new activity might indicate that the sun is “waking up” from its cyclical slumber. Continue reading The Sun Produced Its Biggest Solar Flare Since 2017
When Winter Storm Grayson plowed into the East Coast earlier this month, it brought a few unwelcome gifts—namely brutal cold, power outages, coastal flooding, and whiteout conditions from Virginia to Maine. But the blizzard also gave parts of New York and New England the chance to experience the rare and thrilling weather event known as thundersnow. It happens when a snowstorm produces thunder and lightning, and has been known to send meteorologists into ecstasies of delight.
Continue reading Lightning, meet snowstorm: The makings of thundersnow
By the 1940s, North American hunters and developers had driven whooping cranes to near extinction. Though they rebounded, changing weather threatens them anew. Cranes nest in Arctic wetlands, surrounded by natural moats. Persistent warmth shrivels these defenses, exposing chicks to predators. But intense storms can drown hatchlings. Annual migrations to Texas bring other challenges: Dry watering spots along the way force them to fly farther between rest stops.
Continue reading Meet eight species living on the brink, thanks to weather and climate change
Using a powerful supercomputer, meteorologists have simulated the “El Reno” tornado—a category 5 storm that swept through Oklahoma on May 24, 2011.
Continue reading Peer Into the Guts of a Monster Tornado With This Incredible Simulation