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January 27, 2014

 

Macro view of a single snowflake

Warm Spells And Snow

It may sound paradoxical, but warm spells and flurries often go hand in hand.

December 26, 2012

 

hurricane irene from space

Is There Anyway To Make Hurricanes Less Intense?

It seems like every year, hurricanes are getting bigger and more dangerous. Is there any way to make hurricanes less intense?

August 1, 2012

 

day and night of a street photographed

Why Are Nights More Calm Compared To The Day?

More often than not, the wind dies down at night after a blustery day. Where does the wind go? Why are nights generally more calm than days?

May 4, 2012

 

umbrella covered in snow

Why Is Our Weather So Radical?

Global climate is an incredibly complex system that scientists are still trying to figure out.

January 26, 2012

 

blue sky with clouds

Why The Sky Is Not Blue

This is partly due to pollution, but even in the cleanest air the sky is lighter near the horizon due to the effect of earth's atmosphere on sunlight.

January 19, 2012

 

clouds in the sky

Why Are Clouds White?

Clouds can range in color from brilliant white to almost black. Why?

September 5, 2011

 

glaciers

All About The North Atlantic Conveyor

Is Earth's climate vulnerable to small disturbances? Two geologists described the past vulnerability of an ocean current called the North Atlantic conveyor.

June 2, 2011

 

lightening striking close to homes

Thunderstorms Operate In Cycles

On a summer day, a thunderstorm can appear out of nowhere and disappear just as fast. What causes a storm to change so suddenly?

May 30, 2011

 

Chinook Arch

Why The Chinook Winds Are So Fascinating

Legend has it that when warm, dry Chinook winds race down the eastern slopes of the Rockies, people on the plains start acting a little crazy. Is this true?

May 17, 2011

 

hailstones on the ground

How Nature Creates Hailstones

The largest hailstone ever recorded was over five inches in diameter, weighed over one and a half pounds, and fell on Coffeyville, Kansas in September of 1970.

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