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When An Iceberg The Size Of A Country Breaks Free, What Happens?

You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica to where they are danger to shipping are sometimes many years old and at the end of their lives. They are small fragments of what once left the continent.


NASA Satellite Image Shows Record-Breaking Frozen Eastern US 

Dayshot: NASA’s Terra satellite has captured an image of the current status of the Eastern United States, with “Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over [the area] triggering many record low temperatures in many states.”


The Double Cyclone Disaster That Smashed Into Australia Last Week

Here you can see a composite satellite photo of two cyclones hitting northern Australia within six hours of each other this week. In the upper left is Cyclone Lam, and in the lower right is Cyclone Marcia. It’s beautiful but also terrifying.


What Having Super-Vision To See The Wind Blowing Must Look Like

Video: We can feel the wind when it hits us and we can track wind patterns when we check the weather and when it’s really strong, we can totally see the effect wind has on the world around us but this video let’s us imagine what seeing actual wind would look like. It looks like ghosts. Now I’m glad we can’t see the wind.


Watch Different Layers Of Clouds Move In Completely Different Directions

Video: This is cool. A timelapse, aptly named Highway in the Sky by the guy who filmed it, shows how different layers of clouds in the same sky can actually move in completely different directions. It’s like seeing clouds respect different flows of traffic. It’s like seeing multiple skies in one. It’s like staring at a computer program in the sky.


Scientists Weigh In On Plans To Hack The Weather And Cool The Earth

Geoengineering (i.e. tinkering with the climate to stop the rising tides of climate change) is a provocative and frankly still kinda crazy idea. Two long-awaited reports from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) out today have some pretty harsh words about geoengineering.


If You Want A Sunny Wedding Day You Can Pay $US150k To Explode Clouds

This sounds fake as hell but it does have some scientific backup: A luxury travel company is offering a $US150,000 cloud-killing package to guarantee sunny wedding days in the south of France. Pilots will consult with meteorologists to fly planes near the ceremony space three weeks leading up to the wedding. The planes spray silver iodide at clouds, which is supposed to cause them to condense and get all the rain out of the way. Boom! Sunny pictures.


This Fleet Of Micro-Satellites Will Use GPS To Predict The Weather

Weather forecasting is one of those sciences that never seems to be quite as good as we want it to be. But what if it had more data? That’s the idea behind Spire, a tech startup which wants to use a huge fleet of tiny, cheap satellites to tell you when it’s going to rain.


You Can Trace A Typhoon Through Changes In Ocean Life

You’re looking at a selection of marine life, from shrimp to jellies. But what’s special about these little blighters is that they reveal the presence of a typhoon in their past.


This Alien Combination Of Solar Phenomena Is A Real Earth Sunrise

Many of us have seen a 22-degree halo, that surreal circle of rainbow-coloured light around the sun, in real life. Some of us have seen a sun pillar in real life. A lucky few have seen a sun dog in real life. But I doubt any of you have seen them all of these super rare phenomena — and more! — in one sunrise.