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
For six decades, scientists have watched a steadily circulating wind pattern in the tropical stratosphere, repeating like clockwork every two years. Now, for the first time, it’s changed direction.
Continue reading A 60-Year-Old Pattern in the Stratosphere Just Reversed
In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949.
Continue reading An ‘Unprecedented’ Pair of Hurricanes Is Churning Toward Hawaii
Typhoon Nepartak is veering toward Taiwan, delivering sustained winds upwards of 170 mph and waves over 40 feet high. The storm could be themost powerful to make landfall in almost half a century. Parts of the country will see more rainfall than New York City gathers in a year.
Continue reading HOW TYPHOON NEPARTAK GOT ITS SUPERCHARGED SPIN CYCLE
It’s not even summer yet, but it’s damn hot. A very large portion of the country is currently simmering in heat of 100 degrees or higher, and it could get even hotter.
Continue reading A Massive Heat Dome Will Smash Records Across the US This Weekend
Storms that go on for 400 years. Falling molten glass rain. Temperatures jumping from 500 degrees Celsius to 1200 degrees Celsius in just 6 hours. The weather in our universe is crazy.
Continue reading How Extreme Is the Weather on Other Planets in the Universe?