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Volcanoes: How to Measure...
How do we determine the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption? Traditionally, the
Volcanic Explosivity Index
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Fire Rainbows and Fire Tornadoes
South Carolina reported seeing a “fire rainbow” on August 16, 2015. Then two days later, a “fire...
Double Roar! The Monsoon with Attitude Clobbers California
Last week I blogged about the Southwestern Monsoon. It started early and was running strong. The...
ROAR! The Monsoon with an Attitude!
July is the time of desert miracles. From Southern California to Western Texas, the wet season...
The Soggy Ring of Fire
“And it rains, rains, rains, That ring of fire, that ring of fire.” If you love country music, the...
Red, White and Blue: Antarctic Ice!
When you think of Red, White and Blue you normally think of the flag and the Fourth of July. If you...
It's Raining Critters
I’ve recently blogged about “blood rain” and have blogged about raining “cats and dogs”. Now it’s...
The "Shocking" Secrets of Lightning
If you’ve ever been close to a lightning strike, you know just how powerful a stroke of lightning ...
Floods: The Texas Two-Step
When Texas decides to end a drought, there are no half-measures. The Texas and Southern Great Plain...
Bad Girl Ana
Ana was a rule-breaker. The Atlantic Hurricane Season is supposed to start in June. Tropical Storm...
Hot Water and Weird Weather
In the West the California rainy season just ended. It was dry with several grim records for ...
Getting a Ride From a Tornado
It’s nice to get a lift—but for two students in Oregon, it got pretty scary! They were in the...
Bloody Awful Weather
It’s enough to make a superstitious person hide under a blanket for the rest of the year. A week...
Peek-A-Boo El Niño
California is in a horrible drought. Everyone was relieved last winter when they were told that...
One More Time! The Troubles with Predicting El Niño
It was so-o-o easy. Scientists would predict an El Niño. Boom—three months later, the El Niño would...
Under the Weather: Weather and Illness
It’s the ultimate irony. I love to write about weather but today it is hard because I’m under the ...
Tropical Paradise: Get It While It’s Hot!
Are you tired of the cold? Do your arms ache just thinking of shoveling snow? Have I got a vacation...
Did a Volcano Rain on Seattle on the West Coast?
It rained on the grateful West Coast! Then people noticed something very weird. The rain was ...
Hot Water and Cold Blizzards
Late in January, two winter storms are tag-teaming to flatten the East Coast. Ugh! Ironically, this...
Ice Flash! Looking at the Great Lakes
Remember last winter? (Shiver!) Ninety-two percent of the Great Lakes were covered with ice, the...
Fast Planes and Warmer Weather
Zip! This January, a passenger jet broke all records for crossing “The Pond”. A British Airlines...
Goodbye Triple R, Hello Pineapple Express
Ever heard of the Pineapple Express? California collects weather patterns with odd names. Does it...
A Weather Addict’s Wish List
It’s time to make a list of wishes for gift-buying relatives and elves. What do you give a hopeless...
Cloud Shapes 5: What Do You See?
For the past four months, we’ve shown you photos of clouds that might remind you of a certain...
Freezing Weather and Thundersnow
The only thing more spectacular than a cold spell bringing freezing temperatures to all 50 states...
Cloud Shapes 4: What Do You See?
It’s amazing how invisible water vapor can condense into tiny water droplets or ice particles,...
Cutting Cold: The Sword is Back!
Do you hear the swish of the Sword of Damocles overhead? Last winter I wrote about that ancient...
The Huge Eruption You Are NOT Hearing About
One of the largest eruptions in centuries in Iceland has been ongoing for months, flooding the...
Attack of the Zombie Hurricanes
Right before Halloween, Washington and British Columbia were hit by a “Zombie Hurricane”. Hurricane...
Doing It Right! The Good News
For the news, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s why you seldom hear the good news. Here’s some good...
Early Snow—Cold Winter?
Chicago, the windy—errr, snowy—city, was hit by snow during the first week of October. That’s the...
Cloud Shapes 3: What Do You See?
Clouds are always changing shape. Occasionally, they’ll morph into a familiar form, such as an...
Flooded! When Monsoons Suck up Hurricanes
If you are in Texas and the Southwest, you saw weather go from drought to flooding. Phoenix almost...
Cloud Shapes 2: What Do You See?
If you like to look for familiar shapes in clouds, you’ve come to the right spot. Every few weeks,...
Surrounded by Troublemakers!
Look out! You’re surrounded! No matter where you look—east or west—the cool little MJOs are causing...
High and Dry: Going Up in the World
Californians know the current drought is leaving them high and dry, but recent scientific findings...
A Time for Tropical Storms?
Look out for little troublemakers. Small weather patterns in the Tropical Pacific can trigger...
El Niño: A Pack of Predictions
El Niño is coming! It’s going to be HUGE! No, it’s dying! No, it’s coming but it will be weak!...
Mysterious Craters-When Weather Plays a Crude Joke
When does exploring a mystery end up sounding like a crude joke? Scientists exploring a mysterious...
When Is Your Summer Heat Going to Hit?
It’s the middle of summer. Are you hot yet? NOAA has released a map showing when you can normally...
When Jet Streams Wiggle
It’s a bird; it’s a plane—no—it’s a polar vortex! AAAAAGH! The jet stream wiggled far to the...
Salads and Chocolate: The El Niño Effect
With the rising price of salads, it’s harder to eat healthy. Here’s some good news—El Niño is ...
El Niño and the Atlantic Hurricane Season
If it’s May, it’s time to work in your garden and (apparently) plan for the upcoming hurricane...
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