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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

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The first installment in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out on Friday, and it’s loaded with dense terminology, expressions of uncertainty, and nearly impenetrable graphics. Here’s what you need to know, in number and chart form.… Read More

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the climate is changing and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the cause of it. While rising temperatures are the most commonly cited change, there are numerous other indicators of has changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution from rising seas to melting glaciers and ice shee… Read More

Strongest Storm on Earth En Route to Hong Kong

Strongest Storm on Earth En Route to Hong Kong

Super-Typhoon Usagi became the strongest storm on Earth on Thursday. Though it’s weakened since then, the storm is still churning towards Hong Kong and could create major disruptions there with a likely landfall there as early as Sunday. On Thursday, Usagi measured sustained wind speeds of 160 mph. Those winds made it the strongest storm on Earth … Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea Brings Heavy Rain to East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea Brings Heavy Rain to East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is weakening, but is dumping very heavy rain from South Carolina northeastward to Maine.… Read More

NASA’s Beautiful Animation of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds

NASA’s Beautiful Animation of Hurricane Sandy’s Winds

NASA never fails to capture dazzling images of our home planet, and on Thursday it released an animation of 2012's Hurricane Sandy that almost — almost — makes you forget how devastating that storm actually was. It's a stunningly beautiful 43-second video, replete with its own soundtrack, albeit a soundtrack that evokes Yanni on Xanax.… Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea To Drench Florida, East Coast

Tropical Storm Andrea is likely to spread a plume of heavy rain from Florida to the Northeast during the next several days, potentially leading to flooding in some areas. Already, it is spreading heavy rain into water-logged Florida, where f… Read More

Ferocious Storm Set to Explode in North Atlantic

Ferocious Storm Set to Explode in North Atlantic

What is currently a relatively innocuous weather system spreading light snow, freezing rain, and rain across the eastern U.S. is forecast to explode, through a process known to meteorologists as “bombogenesis,” into a ferocious storm once it emerges over the North Atlantic. Computer models indicate that the storm may intensify so significantly that… Read More