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So Many Fires Are Burning In Alaska And Canada There's Smoke Over Texas

The drought hitting the West is not just striking the continental US. That same weather pattern that’s sucking the life out of California is also making life hot, dry, and dangerous for the top third of North America: Alaska and Canada have seen little rainfall, soaring spring temperatures, and now a record-breaking wildfire season.


Does The Climate Science In Game Of Thrones Make Sense?

The climate has been a persistent theme of Game of Thrones ever since Ned Stark (remember him?) told us “winter is coming” back at the start of season one. The Warden of the North was referring, of course, to the anticipated shift in Westerosi weather from a long summer to a brutal winter that can last for many years.


The Way We Categorise Hurricanes Sucks, But Here's How We Can Fix It

Everybody wants a quick shorthand for a storm’s damage potential. But the index we hear used most often isn’t the best option.


India's Recent Heat Wave Was Brutal

India is known for becoming a sweltering furnace in May, but last month was exceptionally brutal, with temperatures hovering 5°C above normal for nearly two weeks. By 4 June, the heat wave had claimed over 2500 lives, making it the fifth deadliest in recorded history.


Photos Of India's Deadly, Street-Melting Heat Wave

An extreme heat wave with temperatures reaching 48C has killed at least 1118 people over the past week in India, where hot air, molten asphalt, dust storms are making life almost unbearable.


A Rare Glimpse Into The Eye Of Typhoon Dolphin

To remote sensing scientists, peering directly into the eye of a tropical storm is like hitting a hole in one. That’s exactly what NASA’s CloudSat satellite did on May 16th, completing a stunning overpass of Typhoon Dolphin as the category 4 storm churned across the west Pacific.


Why Does Weather Cause Air Traffic Delays?

The effect that weather has on air traffic delays is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of aviation. The conditions that typically can cause delays are low cloud ceilings, low visibility, convective activity (thunderstorms), icing conditions, high winds and runway conditions.


Two Hours Of Thunderstorm Siege Made Budapest An Electrifying City

Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, enlightened by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago.


The US Is Testing A Storm Surge Warning System For Hurricanes

The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive — sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype storm surge warning system which it hopes will be fully operational in 2017.


Feast Your Eyes On This Old-School Weather Model

Video: Weather forecasting has come a long way, as the video below of a mid-century climate model illustrates. And if you’re into vintage computer graphics, it provides some pretty nice eye candy too. The footage, recently published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, shows the first global general circulation model constructed by physicist Chuck Leith on the lab’s supercomputers in the late 50s.


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