It's hot in the US. It's been hot in the US. It's going to be hot in the US.
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California governor Jerry Brown recently declared an end to the state of emergency brought on by his state's historically terrible drought. It's a mid-level miracle, assisted by record rainfall earlier this year. If you don't believe me, just look at these before and after images.
Lightning is a beautiful but dangerous beast: While we're pretty good at observing it from the ground — and occasionally, being struck by it — there's still some mystery about how the electrical discharges in the upper layers of our atmosphere actually work. The names given to these discharges (such as red sprites, pixies, elves) sound like the musings of a Dungeons & Dragons zealot rather than legitimate scientific phenomena. But at long last, scientists have been able to study images and video of one these elusive happenings — called blue jets — and the results are as spellbinding as lightning itself.
Here's a list of things that Melbourne is great at: coffee, hipster cafes, streets that run parallel to each other, supporting the Australian Games Industry.
None of this makes up for the fact that Melbourne's weather is a total garbage fire, deserving of being sent out to sea where it belongs. Preparation means carrying half your wardrobe with you on a regular day. You never know what's going to happen. I think I've seen the sky once. And that was during a heatwave that probably killed people.
Clearly, I'm not the only one frustrated by this fact. Behold: The Melbourne Jacket.
After years of too little rain, California has a decidedly different problem on its hands: Way, way too much of it. But the scare at the Oroville dam earlier this month, and the massive floods in Los Angeles last week, pale in comparison to what the latest volley of moisture threatens to serve up.
With less than two weeks remaining in 2016, we can say with near-certainty that it's the hottest year on record (the only thing that could pull 12 months of above-average temperatures down now is if our sun suddenly vanished, and in that case we've got bigger problems). And if the north pole is any indicator, freak hot weather isn't going away. In fact, it seems to be getting freakier.
Video: I like rain. I mean, I don't like it when I get dumped on with cloud piss to the point where my socks will never be dry again and my soul has darkened, but I like it when I'm inside and warm, when I can hear the pitter-patter and put it in the background — when I can see it and not feel it at all. This video of rain by Laviniu Lazar reminds me of that kind of rain. The calming, cleansing, great to sleep in rain.
It teased us with the possibility of a no-show, but a weak La Niña has officially arrived, according to NOAA. Parts of the northern United States can expect a cooler and wetter-than-average winter, while southern California, unfortunately, can expect more drought.