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Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Ozone is a bit of a shape-shifting chemical. High in the stratosphere, ozone acts as an ultraviolet-blocking shield around Earth (which is why the ozone hole is such a problem). At ground level, it’s a pollutant that can cause serious respiratory problems. And if it finds its way into the troposphere — the lowest level of the atmosphere — ozone ser… Read More

What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust’?

What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust’?

New Yorkers went to sleep last night expecting to wake up to their city buried in snow. Instead, they woke up with just a few inches. As has become standard practice, social media lit up with annoyed and outraged cries accusing meteorologists and the media of overhyping the storm — a common refrain when a forecast doesn’t pan out. Of course, the… Read More

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

New Yorkers hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland will have to content themselves with trawling Instagram pictures from New England. The blizzard of 2015 — or really the #blizzardof2015 if we're doing this right — brought less snow than expected to New York and a number of points south. But to the east on Long Island and north throughout New Eng… Read More

What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms

What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms

The first flakes have already begun falling from New Jersey up through Boston. Flights in the Northeast are being cancelled left and right. Store shelves have been cleared of bread and milk. The blizzard is coming. An intense nor’easter is slated to drop snowfalls ranging from a few inches to around 3 feet in the worst-hit spots from Monday through… Read More

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be. New r… Read More

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists have identified which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs are most capable of recovering from mass bleaching events which will become more frequent due to global warming. The information should help conservationists to target their efforts to protect the portions of reefs that are most capable of survival, they say. Previous … Read More

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

It’s easy to think of global warming as something that happens at a steady pace everywhere in the world. But that’s not the full story. It’s true that the global average temperature has been rising overall since modern record-keeping began, and it’s true that 2014 was the hottest year on record, but the rise hasn’t been perfectly steady. Each year … Read More

Picture This: Illuminating Lightning & Rare Texas Snow

Picture This: Illuminating Lightning & Rare Texas Snow

This workweek was a short one for those of us in the U.S., but it was still packed with plenty of amazing weather photos. As usual, some of the most stunning came from the vantage point of space, which offered a new perspective on lightning. Winter also continues to leave its mark, but in sometimes surprising places. European Space Agency astronaut… Read More