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What Happens When The Weatherman's Computer Fails

The weather team down at ABCNews4 just made the most of a horrific, live computer crash. Apparently, the computer that generates the graphics for the TV weather forecasts failed recently, but instead of just standing up there and talking in front of a blank screen, the team created some super half-arsed chicken scratch pen drawings on printer paper.


Sydney's Friday Storm Clouds Looked Like A Giant Alien Spaceship

This nasty-looking storm (yes, that’s a storm, not some hostile extraterrestrial unleashing otherworldly armageddon) confirms what we’ve always known: Mother Nature can be truly terrifying.


Iced Fog Turns Forest Into Real Life Frozen Magic Kingdom

This weekend, a forest turned into a real life Frozen kingdom of ice in Hungary. It wasn’t the Snow Queen Elsa, but the rapidly sinking temperatures that caused the fog to suddenly freeze on a hill top, turning trees into strange surreal sculptures like the one above.


What Causes The Smell After It Rains?

There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the “clean” smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused by ozone. Ozone (scientifically known as trioxygen due to the fact that it is comprised of three oxygen atoms) is notably pungent and has a very sharp smell that is often described as similar to that of chlorine.


Glacier National Park Is On Track To Be Glacier-Free By 2030

When Glacier National Park was dedicated in 1910, this stunning span of the Rocky Mountains on the Montana-Canadian border counted over 150 thick, morphing ice sheets that gave the park its name. One very warm century later, there are only 26 glaciers here. And by 2030, scientists warn, that number could be zero.


The Coldest Ground-Level Temp Ever Recorded On Earth Was -89.2C

It looks like winter has already arrived for much of the US, but at least it’s not -89.2C. That’s the coldest temperature ever recorded by humans at ground level on this planet.


Why All These Ineffective Umbrellas Won't Just Go Away Already

Video: One man believes he has found the perfect solution to staying dry in the wet: fancy pants. Dan Bransfield’s case against umbrellas is a surprisingly strong one. They’re laughably ineffective, obtrusive, messy and unreliable.


A Mesmerising Site That Tracks And Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes

Did you know that a lightning strike emits a broadband pulse of radio waves that can be detected thousands of miles away? It’s that phenomenon which allows a website called Blitzortung to show lightning strikes as they happen all around the world, in real-time. If you thought it was hard to tear your eyes away from the World Cup, this is somehow even more entertaining to watch.


UK's New Weather Supercomputer Could Predict Rain In Your Street

The UK’s Met Office has just announced that it’s taking delivery of a new $150 million supercomputer — one that will be able to predict the weather accurately enough to know what it will be like on the very road you live on.


High Plains' Extreme Storms Look Both Beautiful And Terrifying

Video: Nicolaus Wegner spent five months photographing extreme weather phenomena in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado. According to him “high plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world” and after watching this stunning time-lapse, I have to agree.


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