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Here's How Much Better NASA's Weather Models Have Gotten Since Katrina 

Almost exactly ten years ago, NASA’s models showed Hurricane Katrina approaching the coast of Louisiana. At the time, most models had a resolution of 50km. Today it’s down to just a little over six kilometres.


What Would Happen If A Massive Solar Storm Hit The Earth?

We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark.


Here's What California's Thick Blanket Of Wildfire Smoke Look Like From Orbit

NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, records what’s happening on the surface of the Earth every day or two. That means recording dust storms, hurricanes, typhoons — and, as was the case this week, a thick layer of smoke over California.


Rainbow Lightning Is A Rare Sight

A stunning photo of a rainbow arcing over a lightning strike in Tucson, Arizona took the Internet by storm last week, garnering nearly 4000 retweets on Twitter. And there’s a good reason the image went viral: Rainbow lightning is a spectacular — and spectacularly rare — phenomenon.


This Wet Microburst Is Like The Sky Turning On A Giant Faucet

According to the greatest Internet resource, a wet microburst is a “small-scaled downburst” that is “accompanied by significant precipitation”. I think that’s underselling it a bit because man, this wet microburst that popped off in Tucson, Arizona basically looks like the sky decided to drop all of its rain at one damn time, like a faucet turning on and never shutting off until it smashes everything underneath.


The 'Godzilla' El Niño Is Coming To California

Out here in drought-stricken California, the weather has been creepily gorgeous for over a year. But now, we’re facing one of the worst storm seasons in recorded history for this region.


The Rise Of The Robo-Meteorologist

Machines can do lots of things better than your average human brain. Hell, a $5 calculator is more gifted at maths than I’ll ever be. And now machines can even predict the weather more accurately than your local bag-of-bones meteorologist.


Watch Extreme Weather Move Around Earth With This Animated Map

If you’re interested in data design, you’ll probably be very jealous of the developers and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Visualisation Lab.


Cutting Emissions Through Biofuels Will Lead To Water Shortages

Climate change mitigation could actually increase water shortage in some areas rather than reduce it, according to new research. The source of the problem is clear: greater demand for biofuels, intended to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, requires massive increases in irrigation in productive but relatively arid American farmland.


Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Clean Energy Plan

Last month, scientists at a UN conference delivered a sobering warning: To prevent catastrophic warming of the planet, we must reduce all carbon emissions to zero by the end of the 21st century. Today, the Obama administration announced its plan to get there.


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