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Elephants Can Sense Rainstorms From 240km Away

Elephants are amazing creatures for a lot of reasons. The latest one to be confirmed by science? They can sense rainstorms from 240km away. What’s more amazing is that researchers think they do it by simply listening to the sound of the air.


The Tempescope Puts The Weather In A Box On Your Desk

Sure, you could just download a weather app to see what conditions are like outside your front door, but where’s the fun in that? Ken Kawamoto’s Tempescope actually creates rain, clouds and simulated lightning right inside your house. It’s the ultimate push notification.


Australia's Bureau Of Meteorology Is Dropping Confusing Weather Terminology

Australia’s weather bureau is clearing up confusing terminology in its forecast reporting. When it comes to rain, apparently terms like “scattered”, “isolated” and “patchy” aren’t descriptive enough, and are being replaced with percentage figures.


Mysterious Radar Cloud Over The US Was Actually... Butterflies

Was it a bird? A plane? A tornado cell? Nope. The huge, slow-moving cloud picked up on radar in Illinois and Missouri last week was nothing anyone expected. The US National Weather Service reports it was actually a swarm of millions of monarch butterflies — which have been disappearing at alarming speeds over the past decade.


Watch This Terrifying Rolling Cloud Overtake A City In This Timelapse

Video: Kansas City, you never stood a chance. Watch as an arcus cloud — those scary low clouds that roll on top of itself and brings apocalyptic-like weather — make its way from one side of the city to the other. Stephen Locke captured the haunting beauty in his timelapse below.


The Arctic Is Such A Gorgeously Pure Wonderland

Video: Winter looks incredible, especially when you’re not in it. Australia is just coming into its Spring months so we can almost say goodbye to our jackets and wooly coats. It doesn’t mean that we have to stop gawking at beautiful Winter wonderlands, however.


No, The Bureau Of Meteorology Is Not Fiddling Its Weather Data

Over the past week or so, the Bureau of Meteorology has stood accused of fudging its temperature data records to emphasise warming, in a series of articles in The Australian. The accusation hinges on the method that the Bureau uses to remove non-climate-related changes in its weather station data, referred to as “data homogenisation”. If true, this would be very serious because these data sets underpin major climate research projects, including deducing how much Australia is warming. But it’s not true.


The Easiest Way To Understand How Bad California's Drought Really Is

California’s drought problem is bad and shows no signs of letting up. This clever chart imagines the state as a one-dimensional line to show just how bad it is compared to recent history.


How Tornadoes Form

Ever wondered how we go from still air to swirling storm? In this video meteorologist — and storm chaser! — James Spann explains where tornadoes come from.


You Can Crowdfund A Network Of Australian Weather Webcams

Ever wanted to grab a camera, hop in a Winnebago and go chase extreme weather around? It’s tough, and requires a certain amount of capital to do so, but thanks to a network of cameras currently up for crowdfunding, we might not even need to leave your desk at work.


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