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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.


This Algorithm Can Change The Season And Weather In Your Photos

One time I drove five hours out of my way on a road trip to Monument Valley, only to be devastated when I arrived. Instead of the bright red buttes I’d envisioned against a clear blue sky, a grey haze had settled into the valley, rendering the landscape flat and lifeless. My photographs could have been saved by a new app that can add sun and light to images with simple text commands.


NASA Made An Underground Water Map To See Just How Bad The US Drought Is

News about the drought that has engulfed most of the western United States continues to get worse. But how do we know how extensive the current megadrought is? We actually can measure from the sky, but not in the way you think.


15 Dead-Simple IFTTT Recipes That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

IFTTT — If This Then That — is an automator that links different internet connected services (think: Gmail) and devices (think: your smartphone). After turning on each service, or channel, you can use it as a trigger for another service, or vice versa. It may sound complicated, but it’s actually a nice, intuitive way to simplify your life. Here’s where to get started.


Tiny Changes In Earth's Gravity Can Help Predict Floods Months Away

When the Missouri River spilled over its banks in a catastrophic 2011 flood, we could have seen it coming — from space, that is. There’s more to the story than meets the eye: the satellites don’t take photos of snowpacks or rivers, but rather, they detect tiny changes in gravity over the Earth’s surface to track water.


Make Your Own Forecasts With This Tiny Smartphone Weather Station

If there’s one thing your local TV weatherperson is good at, it’s getting the forecast wrong — at least according to anyone over 50. So why rely on a TV personality to tell you tomorrow’s forecast, when this compact weather station that attaches to your smartphone’s headphone jack can provide all the data you need to make your own predictions?


These Lights Can Recreate The Weather Above Your House Inside

Sappy couple alert! Say you’re sitting in your apartment — feeling a little emo (it’s OK!) — watching the sky get stormy beyond your window. Your baby’s not near, but you want to share the moment — and that’s where Patch of Sky comes in. The fixtures wirelessly link up to your location and remotely mirror the weather wherever you’re at — the Somewhere Out There of lighting design.


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.


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