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Picture This: Eerie Wildfire, Stirring Rainbow & Sharknado!

Picture This: Eerie Wildfire, Stirring Rainbow & Sharknado!

The weather news of the week was certainly the blast of cool air that once again set temperatures at comfortable levels across the eastern half of the U.S. That same air mass sent a storm system through the Northeast, spawning a rare Boston-area tornado. It also corresponding with another ridge of hot air hanging out over the western half of the… Read More

Late July Chill Helps Set Record Lows Across the East

Late July Chill Helps Set Record Lows Across the East

Folks across the eastern U.S. could be forgiven for thinking they’d pulled a Rip van Winkle and woken up in October on Wednesday morning. Temperatures dipped down overnight into the 60s, 50s and even 40s, setting record lows left and right. The chill in the air comes courtesy of yet another bout of cool Canadian air that dipped down over the area… Read More

Tornado Hits Near Boston As Cold Air Invades U.S. Again

Tornado Hits Near Boston As Cold Air Invades U.S. Again

A tornado touches down north of Boston as another blast of colder-than-normal air invades the eastern U.S.… Read More

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

longer and cost a lot more than watching paint dry, it will be much more interesting and rewarding. They plan to discover just how the Arctic ice retreats, the rate at which it melts, and the oceanographic processes at work. The Arctic ice cap is a vital part of the climate machine, and the basis of an important ecosystem. But although the polar ic… Read More

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director and lead scientists of the Global … Read More

Picture This: Lucky Lightning Photo & Crazy Bug Swarm

Picture This: Lucky Lightning Photo & Crazy Bug Swarm

When weather strikes, it can lead to some amazing and unexpected photos, like the shot of lightning on flier caught from her plane window. It can also set up the conditions for some stunning scenic shots, as storms in Glacier National Park showed earlier this week. And then, sometimes what looks like weather on radar screen isn't actually weather… Read More

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

This Would be the Ultimate ‘Sunburn’ for Your Summer

This Would be the Ultimate ‘Sunburn’ for Your Summer

As you head into another summer weekend and your thoughts turn toward beach trips and barbecues, we thought we’d share with you a little light (no pun intended) reading about our ultimate power source, the sun, and the chance it could unleash a huge storm that could cause major damage to systems that modern life depends on. We’ll start with a… Read More