It was a little behind schedule, but El Niño delivered its wrath upon California today, flushing the state with the first of many punishing rains. And you know what happens in punishing rains. Trash cans take to the streets. By themselves.
So El Niño was supposed to arrive this morning, and in true California style, it hasn’t showed up yet. Be warned, though, when El Niño does get here, it’s in the mood to fucking party—and it’s drinking to get drunk.
Yesterday, NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured, and captured this stunning image in infrared.
Lightning is beautiful and sprites delightful, but pulsating blue jets are even more fascinating when zapping out the top of an epic storm. Astronaut Andreas Mogensen captured the first-ever video of blue jets as seen from the International Space Station.
It’s a dark and stormy night, 28,000 feet over the Midwest. Just after 10:30 PM, I’m standing aft of the cockpit of a NASA DC-8, while lightning flashes outside the cabin windows.
Clouds, tornadoes, lightning, aurorae, and stars all take over the sky in Jeff Boyce’s “Edge of Stability.” It’s both beautiful and awesome — in the original sense of that word. In other words, I’m pretty frightened of the sky now.
Earlier this week, an unusually large dust storm blew its way across parts of Utah, Nevada, and California. Satellite images now show the extent of the storm as seen from high above.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti snapped this image of Typhoon Maysak from the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 31 — the day it was bumped up to "super typhoon" status. The storm has since weakened but thousands have been evacuated ahead of its landfall in the Philippines tomorrow.
On March 17, Cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. NASA has now released a disturbing set of before-and-after photos captured by the Lansat 8 satellite.
Predicting where lightning will strike may be pretty tricky, but what about where lightning will flash?
Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually spawn more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas.
Snow can be a wonderful thing—until it buries your car, prevents you from opening your front door, and ensures that you won't be going anywhere for at least a week. Curl up under a blanket and pray that you don't see as much snow as fell during these winter storms.
Wind patterns make for beautiful, transient art. Only most of the time, you can't actually see wind. Enter an online visualization tool called earth.
Visitors to a beach in Novosibirsk, Russia, were forced to run for cover when a sudden temperature drop from 105° to 71° F (41° to 22° C) caused a severe hail storm, dropping ice pellets the size of golf balls.
Hurricane Arthur is currently ravaging the coast of North Carolina. The Category 2 storm is packing winds over 100 mph as it makes its way north. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station snapped this stunning pic of the hurricane yesterday while flying over the Bahamas.
Last year at this time, it looked like we were about to be hit by an alarmingly intense hurricane season. Instead, we had the smallest hurricane season since 1982. So what happened? An unusual — and unpredictable — wind pattern showed up and scattered all the previous predictions.
We may need to revise our ideas of just where we expect hurricanes to land. A new study shows that the location where tropical cyclones hit their most powerful peak is shifting closer to the Earth's poles.
NASA's Earth Observatory posted these two comparison images of sea surface patterns in May of 1997, before that year's infamously terrible El Niño, and this month. The images are startlingly similar, suggesting we might be on the precipice of another tough El Niño year.
After months of drought, California is about to get hit with a storm that is likely to be the biggest (and windiest) the state has seen in at least 3 years. In this satellite photo taken today by NOAA, you can see the storm approaching.
This is one of the most arresting compilations of landscape and astrovideography we've seen in ages. Titled "Huelux," created by photographer Randy Halverson, the video plays like a greatest-hits reel of natural phenomena in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.