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.
Earlier this year, U.S. scientists announced El Niño’s arrival, but described it as “weak.” Now, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has moved its own tracker status from alert to full-on El Niño, warning of widespread drought and warmer temperatures.
Whoa, this is definitely not a storm you'd want to get caught in. This past weekend, a German town in Lower Saxony was absolutely pummelled by hail stones the size of tennis balls. Damage is estimated to be in the millions.
The world record for the hottest recorded temperature of 58°C (136.4°F) was set at Al Azizia, Libya, in 1922. This year, a team of researchers — including one who was almost killed in Libya's 2011 revolution — invalidated that record. Here's the harrowing story of how they did it.
Extremely powerful tornados touched down today in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported, but the storms were so ferocious some 18-wheeler trailers were tossed fifty or so feet upward as if they were Tonka toys. It gives one pause to realize that's several tons of metal…
Last night an epic storm blew through Wisconsin. According to Menasha resident Jon Baas, hundreds of nonstop lightning flashes lit up the sky for an hour. Wisconsinites also contended with with high winds, rain, and hailstones the size of baseballs.
An absolutely massive sandstorm rolled through Kuwait last Friday, blotting out the sun and transforming early evening into night immediately. Here's eyewitness footage from motorists enveloped by the the roiling sand. You'll want to see this.
Ever wanted to drive a death-proof tank into the middle of a tornado and film the whole thing from behind a layer of safety glass? That's just what happens in forthcoming IMAX extravaganza Tornado Alley, filmed mostly in Kansas during storm season. Now you can see it in eye-peeling IMAX in New York's American Museum…
In this video captured yesterday in Toowoomba, Australia, the city's East Creek rises dramatically after 6 inches of rain falls in 30 minutes. The waters easily carry away parked cars. Watch this jarring footage taken from a nearby office building.
Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG told us about the lost Nazi weather station in present-day Canada. Today, he fills us in on some real-life stories of weaponized climatology.
After a massive blizzard dumped 17 inches of snow on Minneapolis last night, the inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome just couldn't deal with the weight. Watch an entire stadium buckle before the force of nature.