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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

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