Have you heard the latest urban legends? A “Biblical blizzard” buried the hearty citizens of North Dakota in 25 feet of snow. And giant (and colorful) icebergs are mowing down ships on Lake Michigan. It’s almost a shame to challenge such awe-inspiring weather stories, but myth-bust we must.read more
Evelyn Browning Garriss doesn't just blog about the weather forecast; she provides insight on WHY extreme weather is happening--and a heads up on weather to watch out for. A historical climatologist, Evelyn blogs about weather history, interesting facts about the weather, and upcoming climate events that affect your life--from farming to your grocery bill. Every week, we look forward to another great weather column from Evelyn. We encourage our weather watchers to post their comments and questions--and tell us what they think!
February 22, 2011
If a scientist tells you sunny days are ahead – duck and cover! He may be talking about space weather and the giant solar flares that fry satellites and national electrical grids! Just in case you haven’t had enough stormy weather here on Earth, astronomers are warning us to expect some major solar storms over the next few years.read more
February 7, 2011
February 2, 2011
Welcome to Weather Math 101.
1 Strong La Niña + 1 Insane Arctic Oscillation
= 1 giant blizzard for 100 million people
Groundhog Day arrived and instead of a photogenic rodent, we got a 2,100-mile-long blizzard. One third of the nation is being slammed by a huge storm that stretches from New Mexico to Maine.read more
January 24, 2011
January 18, 2011
This winter's weather is being shaped by two enormous weather patterns—La Niña and the Arctic Oscillation (AO). The La Niña is raising the prices of your food. The Arctic Oscillation is raising your heating bill.read more
January 10, 2011
The Arctic Oscillation has many aliases. In California, it is the Yukon Express, the cold northern storm that pushed the Pineapple Express floods down to San Diego. In the East, it is the jaunty sounding Alberta Clipper that sailed to Florida and froze the crops. Whatever its nickname, the Arctic Oscillation is cold, stormy and downright miserable.read more