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Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

The tracker plots tornado reports from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and is updated frequently to capture breaking events. This tracker shows reported tornadoes, not confirmed tornadoes. The National Weather Service conducts damage assessment surveys after tornadoes are reported to determine if a tornado actually touched down, and i… Read More

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China has been praised recently for its investments in renewable energy. And the credit is well deserved as China's commitment to renewables dwarfs that of the U.S. and other industrialized countries. From 2010 to 2012 alone, China’s renewable electricity growth was double that of the U.S., and it is continuing to grow. But all the accolades are … Read More

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

Science Made Simple: Take the Dog for a Walk

The old adage is that "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get," since day-to-day weather may depart significantly from average conditions.… Read More

Monster Cyclone Phailin Poses Deadly Threat to India

Monster Cyclone Phailin Poses Deadly Threat to India

Tropical Cyclone Phailin may be comparable in size and strength to 1999’s Odisha Cyclone, if not a bit stronger than that storm, which also struck India’s east coast. That storm hit the coast near the city of Bhubaneswar as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph sustained winds, driving a surge nearly 20 feet high onto the coast.… Read More

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

Experts Debate Moral, Religious Case for Climate Action

A Tennessee philosopher and Christian environmentalist debate the moral imperative for action on climate change. … Read More

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

The Most Detailed Visuals of Hurricane Sandy, Revealed

Scientists have developed awe-inspiring visualizations of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Mid-Atlantic states one year ago next month. The visualizations, created using state-of-the-art computer models, amount to some of most detailed looks at any hurricane to date. Scientists based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder … Read More

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

Shutdown Silences Weather and Climate Social Media

On Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, the federal government shutdown after Congress failed to pass a budget. The shutdown starts on a day when Yosemite National Park turns 123 years old and NASA celebrates its 55th birthday, but that didn't keep either the park or the agency up and running. Many physical sites that fall under the federal domain such as 401 … Read More

‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

‘Atmospheric River’ Smashes Records in Pacific Northwest

A barrage of unusually intense early-autumn storm systems swept across the Pacific Northwest this weekend, bringing hurricane force winds and dumping enough rain to smash all-time monthly rainfall records from Seattle to Portland. In Seattle and Olympia, Wash., Sept. 28 was the wettest September day on record. In Seattle, 1.71 inches of rain fell, … Read More