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  • Winter wave heights and extreme storms on the rise in Western Europe
    on April 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Study reveals average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades. […]

  • Silent marine robots record sounds underwater
    on April 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Silent marine robots that record sounds underwater are allowing researchers to listen to the oceans as never before. While pilot whales make whistles, buzzes and clicks, pods of hunting dolphins create high-pitched echolocation clicks and larger species such as sperm whales make louder, slower clicks. As well as eavesdropping on marine life, the recordings can be used to measure sea-surface wind speed and monitor storms. The research will be presented at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna. […]

  • Unprecedented psychological distress months after Hurricane Harvey
    on April 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Four months after Hurricane Harvey soaked the Houston area and displaced more than a third of the population, an alarming 52 percent of Harris County residents said they were still struggling to recover. […]

  • Hawaiian-language newspapers illuminate an 1871 hurricane
    on April 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    A major hurricane struck the islands of Hawai'i and Maui on Aug. 9, 1871, and wrought widespread destruction from Hilo to Lahaina. A recent study revealed how historical Hawaiian-language newspapers expand knowledge of this and other natural disasters of the past. […]

  • Calculating the impacts of natural events on wildlife
    on March 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    A new method could help scientists understand how wildlife populations are affected by major natural events, such as hurricanes, severe winters, and tsunamis. […]

  • Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job
    on March 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    A new study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations. […]

  • Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people
    on March 15, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations. […]

  • Wind moves microinvertebrates across desert
    on March 13, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Research has yielded the first evidence of how waterborne microinvertebrates move across vast expanses of arid desert. A new study details for the first time how high desert winds disperse small invertebrates and how they colonize hydrologically disconnected basins throughout the region. […]

  • Evading in-flight lightning strikes
    on March 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    A new study shows that electrically charging airplanes may reduce their risk of being struck by lightning. […]

  • New 3-D measurements improve understanding of geomagnetic storm hazards
    on March 8, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Measurements of the three-dimensional structure of Earth, as opposed to the one-dimensional models typically used, can help scientists more accurately determine which areas of the United States are most vulnerable to blackouts during hazardous geomagnetic storms. […]

  • Storm waves can move boulders we thought only tsunamis had the power to shift
    on February 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    It's not just tsunamis that can change the landscape: storms shifted giant boulders four times the size of a house on the coast of Ireland in the winter of 2013-14, leading researchers to rethink the maximum energy storm waves can have - and the damage they can do. Four years ago, storms moved huge boulders along the west coast of Ireland. The same storms shifted smaller ones as high as 26 meters above high water and 222 meters inland. Many of the boulders moved were heavier than 100 tons, and the largest moved was 620 tons - the equivalent of six blue whales or four single-story houses. It was previously assumed that only tsunamis could move boulders of the size seen displaced in Ireland, but the new paper provides direct evidence that storm waves can do this kind of work. […]

  • Series of storms more than 150 years ago caused extensive erosion of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh
    on February 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Flooding isn't new to the Santa Barbara coastline. However, the inundation doesn't always come from the mountains as it did last month in Montecito. Back in 1861-2, a series of large storms washed beach sand more than a quarter mile inland into what today is the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Although historical accounts document the inland flooding, little has been known about how those storms impacted a now heavily developed California coast. […]

  • Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons' seismic footprints
    on February 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    A remarkable collaboration between atmospheric science and geophysics could change the way we think about storms and seismicity, and could lead to an answer to the often-asked 'Are hurricanes getting stronger?' The team has identified the seismic footprint of typhoons and hurricanes, which allows climate scientists to add decades to their dataset of powerful storms. […]

  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria temporarily altered choruses of land and sea animals
    on February 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Audio recordings of Hurricanes Irma and Maria's passage over Puerto Rico document how the calls of coastal critters changed in response to the deadly storms. The hurricanes caused a major disruption in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp, a reduction in insect and bird sounds, and potentially an intensification of fish choruses, according to new research. […]

  • Don't blame hurricanes for most big storm surges in Northeast
    on February 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern US, right? Wrong, according to a new study. Extratropical cyclones, including nor'easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the new study. They include a freak November 1950 storm and devastating nor'easters in March 1962 and December 1992. […]

  • Lightning storms less likely in a warming planet, study suggests
    on February 12, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Lightning may strike less often in future across the globe as the planet warms, a scientific study suggests. […]

  • Pathway to give advanced notice for hailstorms
    on January 30, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    A new study identifies a method for predicting the likelihood of damaging hailstorms in the United States -- up to three weeks in advance. […]

  • Causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods in Texas
    on January 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    A new study by civil and environmental engineers delves into the 2015 Wimberley, Texas floods that destroyed 350 homes and claimed 13 lives. Scientists researched the factors that led to the catastrophic flooding and shed light on new ways people in flood-prone areas can protect against future tragedies. […]

  • Tiny particles have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation
    on January 25, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Tiny particles fuel powerful storms and influence weather much more than has been appreciated, according to a new study. While scientists have known that aerosols may play an important role in shaping weather and climate, the new study shows that the smallest of particles have an outsize effect. The tiny pollutants -- long considered too small to have much impact on droplet formation -- are, in effect, diminutive downpour-makers. […]

  • Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions
    on January 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Using the power of Japan's K computer, scientists have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals -- 10 minutes in the case of this study -- into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a typhoon. […]

  • Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    A new study will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events. […]

  • Warming seas double snowfall around North America's tallest peaks
    on December 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Research finds dramatic increases in snowfall since the beginning of the Industrial Age and explains global climate connections linking northern mountains with tropical oceans. […]

  • Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms
    on December 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    How would today's weather patterns look in a warmer, wetter atmosphere -- an expected shift portended by climate change? Researchers offer new insight into this question -- specifically, how thunderstorms would be different in a warmer world. […]

  • Effects of climate change could accelerate by mid-century
    on December 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Environmental models are showing that the effects of climate change could be much stronger by the middle of the 21st century, and a number of ecosystem and weather conditions could consistently decline even more in the future. […]

  • Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains
    on December 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall. […]

  • Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency, warn scientists. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity. […]

  • Freezing trees, finding answers
    on December 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Ice storms can wreak havoc on communities. Frozen limbs, dragged down by the weight of the ice, can snap off and fall on cars, homes, and power lines. But scientists aren't sure how ice storms affect long-term forest health. Researchers are changing that. […]

  • Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts
    on December 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    What if there was a better way to forecast and communicate hurricanes' damaging economic impacts, before they happen? Civil engineers have developed an innovative new approach to assessing the resiliency of coastal communities to hurricanes. They've created a 'multi-hazard hurricane impact level model,' which estimates economic damages to be caused by storms, before they happen. […]

  • Lightning, with a chance of antimatter
    on November 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Researchers find that lightning strikes causes photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, creating antimatter. […]

  • Off track: How storms will veer in a warmer world
    on November 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    The dry, semi-arid regions are expanding into higher latitudes, and temperate, rainy regions are migrating poleward. In a new paper, researchers provide new insight into this phenomenon by discovering that mid-latitude storms are steered further toward the poles in a warmer climate. […]