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Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

On a clear day, anyone flying over Greenland on the route between North America and Europe can look down and see the bright blue patches of melted water atop the flat, blindingly white expanse of the ice sheet that covers the island, the second largest chunk of ice on Earth. Scientists have long known this meltwater flows in streams along the ice… Read More

Watch 28 Years of Old Arctic Ice Disappear in One Minute

Watch 28 Years of Old Arctic Ice Disappear in One Minute

Arctic sea ice is pulling a Benjamin Button. It's been getting younger. But while that's a fate some would relish, it's not necessarily good news for ice as it's trip to the fountain of youth could speed its demise. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration has released an animation showing the decline of old sea ice since 1987, the first… Read More

Picture This: Stunning Halos and Freaky Frost

Picture This: Stunning Halos and Freaky Frost

While most of the weather we experience comes in the sunny or rainy, cold or warm standard varities, the Earth's atmosphere is capable of producing some strange, stunning phenomena if you pay enough attention. We've got a few of those gems this week, along with some beautiful views that remind you just how lovely our home planet can be. It’s only… Read More

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Two blasts of Arctic air are reminding tens of millions of Americans this week of just how cold winter can get, even in a world where temperatures are getting steadily warmer on average. The coldest air so far this season will keep daytime highs below zero in the Upper Midwest and no higher than the 30s even as far south as Atlanta. But will it be … Read More

Ocean Warming: Probing a Blue Abyss

Ocean Warming: Probing a Blue Abyss

For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. There, the effects of global warming bite into fisheries, ecosystems and ice. But those effects are largely imperceptible to humans — as invisible to a landlubber as a doomed albatross chomping on a baited hook at the end of a lo… Read More

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

The frigid, ice-covered expanses that make up Earth’s poles are some of the fastest warming parts of the planet as human activity drives up greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, altering the global climate. What happens to all that ice isn’t just a concern for these remote, frozen wilds: The ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica hold… Read More

The Year’s 7 Most Telling Images From Space

The Year’s 7 Most Telling Images From Space

What’s better than a year-end list? A year-end list . . . from space. As of July this year, there are 1,235 satellites in operation by countries around the world tracking everything from carbon dioxide to the weather. Throw in the International Space Station and you’ve got one heck of an Earth-observing system circling this fair planet. The image… Read More

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Check This Map

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Check This Map

December 25th is just around the corner, and you might be dreaming of a white Christmas. Depending on where you live, your dreams might be realistic — or they might be completely farfetched. Luckily the kind folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created a handy map that can make or break your dreams. It shows the… Read More