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  • 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. […]

  • Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century
    on November 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century, new research concludes. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions continues unmitigated. […]

  • We should use central pressure deficit, not wind speed, to predict hurricane damage
    on November 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    New research provides a physical understanding for why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from hurricanes than peak wind speed. […]

  • Sea-level rise, not stronger storm surge, will cause future NYC flooding
    on October 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Rising sea levels caused by a warming climate threaten greater future storm damage to New York City, but the paths of stronger future storms may shift offshore, changing the coastal risk for the city, according to a team of climate scientists. […]

  • Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss
    on October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions. […]

  • Thunderstorm activity is highest at foot of the Zugspitze
    on October 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Those who are afraid of thunderstorms should move to Kiel, whereas those who do not feel threatened by thunder and lightning should settle in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, because average thunderstorm activity is lowest in the city in Northern Germany and highest in the city in Bavaria, report scientists who evaluated data on thunderstorm occurrences. […]

  • Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
    on October 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    To explore the links between climatic warming and rainfall in drylands, scientists analysed more than 50 years of detailed rainfall data (measured every minute) from a semi-arid drainage basin in south east Arizona exhibiting an upward trend in temperatures during that period. […]

  • Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming Earth
    on October 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events. […]

  • Risk of tsunamis in Mediterranean Sea has been overstated, say experts
    on October 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    A review of geological evidence for tsunamis during the past 4500 years in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed that as many as 90 per cent of these inundation events may have been misinterpreted by scientists and were due to storm activity instead. […]

  • Rainstorm generator assesses watershed rainfall under climate change simulations
    on October 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    The Colorado River tumbles through varied landscapes, draining watersheds from seven western states. This 1,450-mile-long system is a critical water supply for agriculture, industry and municipalities from Denver to Tijuana. […]

  • Scientists develop tool which can predict coastal erosion and recovery in extreme storms
    on October 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Coastal scientists have developed a computerized model which goes some way to answering their subject's 'holy grail' -- how to use existing data to confidently forecast annual coastal erosion and accretion. […]

  • Interpreting hurricane forecast displays can be difficult for general public
    on October 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm's impact path and intensity accurately, but new research shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods. […]

  • 12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas
    on October 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Category 5 hurricanes may have slammed Florida repeatedly during the chilly Younger Dryas, 12,000 years ago. The cause? Hurricane-suppressing effects of cooler sea surface were out-weighed by side effects of slowed ocean circulation. […]

  • Extreme magnetic storm: Red aurora over Kyoto in 1770
    on October 3, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Researchers used historic accounts of a rare red aurora over Kyoto, Japan, in the 18th century to support calculations of the strength of the associated magnetic storm. The September 1770 storm could be 3-10% stronger than the September 1859 storm, the greatest storm in the past 200 years. The research provides insights that could assist preparation for an unlikely, but possible, future intense magnetic storm. […]

  • Hurricane Harvey may have worsened beach erosion
    on September 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Hurricane Harvey left its mark on much of the Texas coast, but it very likely worsened a problem that has been plaguing the coast for years: beach erosion. […]

  • Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims
    on September 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    An analysis of flood claims in three Houston suburbs from 1999-2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year flood plain maps failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages from five serious floods, none of which reached the threshold rainfall of a 100-year event. […]

  • Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies
    on September 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study. […]

  • Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense
    on September 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Thunderstorms directly above two of the world's busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don't travel, according to new research. […]

  • Severity of North Pacific storms at highest point in over 1,200 years
    on August 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Ice cores from Denali and Mount Logan offer insight into global climate connections and the history on intensifying storms. […]

  • Spoiler alert: Computer simulations provide preview of upcoming eclipse
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Scientists have forecast the corona of the sun during the upcoming eclipse. The findings shed light on what the eclipse of the sun might look like Aug. 21 when it will be visible across much of the US, tracing a 70-mile-wide band across 14 states. […]