Lightning Highlights Beauty In The Storm

There's a hurricane heading your way and your local supermarket is out of batteries and water. Fear not: Popular Science's Allie Wilkinson has a quick and handy guide to surviving a hurricane with household items. » 9/19/14 2:20pm 9/19/14 2:20pm

No, New Orleans Is Not Getting Another Katrina This Weekend

New Orleans really doesn't need to worry about a hurricane barreling into them right now, even if you see a Facebook post proclaiming, "SHARE THIS IMMEDIATELY!" You can stop calling the National Weather Office in a panic now. » 8/22/14 7:34pm 8/22/14 7:34pm

Five Beautiful GIFs of Hurricane Arthur Show Nature's Terrifying Power

When Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina coast last weekend, it was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. The storm was downright impressive visually, and these gifs document the latent beauty of nature's power. » 7/08/14 3:18pm 7/08/14 3:18pm

Real Atmospheric Science in Stargate: Atlantis

Stargate's approach to addressing climate change involves wormholes to a parallel universe. It sounds utterly bonkers, but that far-out science fiction plot contains sneaky, real science. I know, because I put it there. » 4/30/14 3:38pm 4/30/14 3:38pm

This map reveals how natural disasters affect the internet

If you want to know the internet is affected by natural disasters, here's an amazing visualization. It shows all the places where internet service went down after Hurricane Sandy. In the future, disasters don't just rob you of power and water — they rob you of information, too. » 8/19/13 1:59pm 8/19/13 1:59pm

Why Can't We Stop a Hurricane Before It Hits Us?

Hurricane Sandy has caused untold billions of dollars in damage and insane casualties. And we saw the "Frankenstorm" coming, for days in advance. We can send people into space and put vehicles on Mars - why can't we stop a hurricane in its tracks, before it comes to our major population centers and starts rolling for… » 10/31/12 12:18pm 10/31/12 12:18pm

What caused this electrical substation to explode in Manhattan last…


Some of the most striking footage to come out of Frankenstorm Sandy's merciless pounding of New York City began rolling in last night, shortly after 8:30 pm, when a massive explosion at a Consolidated Edison substation plunged tens of thousands of Manhattan residents into darkness. » 10/30/12 9:30am 10/30/12 9:30am

Check out this NOAA project that lets you track 3 decades of tropical…

Has Hurricane Sandy sent your running for bottled water and bread? Find yourself mesmerized by the Weather Channel during tropical storm season? You can put your weather fetish to work with Cyclone Center, a new citizen scientist project. » 10/29/12 3:46pm 10/29/12 3:46pm

Incredible footage of what happened when a massive hurricane hit New…

While the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Canada hunker down and wait for the fury of Frankenstorm to abate, you can rest assured that we've survived worse. In this footage of some of the most terrifying storms ever to hit New England, you can find out what it looks like when major American cities are slammed by… » 10/28/12 9:38pm 10/28/12 9:38pm

Major earthquakes might be triggered by hurricanes

While predicting the next big earthquake is probably impossibility, there's still a lot we can learn about what causes severe earthquakes. We've now identified the trigger for some of the most destructive recent earthquakes, including the 2007 quake in Haiti. » 12/08/11 11:20am 12/08/11 11:20am

Why the hurricane Irene evacuations in New York City were a success

When hurricane Irene failed to flood Manhattan as predicted over the weekend, many called the evacuation an overreaction to media hype - one local told the New York Times he was "embarrassed." But scientists and civil engineers say the city's response made good sense. » 8/30/11 8:00am 8/30/11 8:00am

A computer that can predict hurricanes up to ten years in advance

Currently, we're only able to predict the next year in hurricanes with any accuracy. But a new system that incorporates 35 years worth of hurricane data has found patterns that could predict hurricanes a decade in advance. » 11/08/10 2:17pm 11/08/10 2:17pm

The Churning Heart of Hurricane Jimena

A few days ago, megastorm Jimena was a category 4 hurricane in the Pacific, bashing its way to Baja California. As these satellite photos show, Jimena still looked awe-inspiring even when it diminished to a tropical storm. » 9/04/09 7:00am 9/04/09 7:00am

NASA Photographs Twin Giant Storms From Space

All week, two giant storms, dubbed Enrique and Felicia, have been hanging out over the Pacific Ocean. Just yesterday, the NASA Earth Observatory caught this great image of them going out for a nice stroll. » 8/06/09 3:30pm 8/06/09 3:30pm

Hurricane Ike as Seen from the International Space Station

Here is the outer edge of Hurricane Ike, as seen from the International Space Station. The hurricane hit Texas yesterday, and news stories are claiming a fairly low death toll compared to the disastrous Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans in 2005. There have been just over 100 deaths » 9/13/08 3:23pm 9/13/08 3:23pm reported so far. We hope it…

A City Prepared for Disaster Is a City that Looks to the Future

Click to view » 9/02/08 7:00am 9/02/08 7:00am Back in May, that the rebuilt levees in New Orleans were still leaking, despite the fact that storm season had nearly arrived. One example of a leaker was this one, a levee along the Industrial Canal that was patched up for nearly $22 million and barely managed to hold back the waters whipped up by…