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A Dead Satellite Could Ruin Weather Prediction For Years

While extreme weather events seem to come and go more often than ever, our ability to forecast them does at least help us minimise risk to human life. But an impending weather satellite outage could make events like yesterday’s devestating tornado even harder to predict — for up to three years.


Fukushima Debris To Keep Hitting The US Coast This Winter

Authorities expect more debris from the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami to wash up on the Pacific Coast this winter. Seasonal changes in ocean currents and North Pacific winds will push the 1.5 million tonnes of debris still out there towards US shores.


Monster Machines: This Huge Satellite Will Deliver Insanely Accurate Weather Reports

Europe will receive nearly infallible weather data and save almost $7 billion in weather-related damage annually thanks to this trio of bus-sized spacecraft. This is what the atmosphere will look like in HD.


The First Complete View Of Earth From The North Pole

This is a very special version of the Blue Marble: Earth captured on its entirety from an altitude of 824km over the North Pole. Humanity has never had an image of Earth from this unique perspective.


Solar Storm: Will Hobart See The Southern Lights?

Remember that huge solar storm from January? The one behind stunning auroras seen in Australia and overseas. Expect to hear more as we get closer to solar maximum next year – part of the sun’s regular 11-year cycle of activity. The latest: A new geomagnetic and solar radiation storm (formed after two solar plasma bursts called Coronal Mass Ejections) is hurtling towards earth at 6.4 million/km an hour, and due to hit tonight!


What Is A Hurricane?

Every year, about six tropical storms graduate to hurricane status, pummelling the Carribean and Eastern United States. Yes it’s a beast of a rain storm, but how does it get that way, and how do weather folks decide when it should be crowned “hurricane”?


Image Of Earth Gives You An Idea Of How Huge Hurricane Irene Is

This image of the full disk of Earth, taken this morning at 10.45am local time by NASA/NOAA GOES-13 satellite, gives you an idea of what a huge mother Irene is going to be.


Japan's Massive Underwater Earthquake Ripple Across The World

The photos and footage of the disaster are chilling enough – but sometimes letting ourselves be in awe of nature is even more powerful. This seismic footage from NOAA shows the quake’s energy launching through the very Earth itself.