Massive offshore turbine arrays would help us harness hurricanes

What would happen if a hurricane were to plough through a wind farm consisting of tens of thousands of individual turbines? A Stanford engineer recently ran a computer simulation to find out — and the results were astonishing. » 2/27/14 9:00am 2/27/14 9:00am

Welcome to the Age of the Superstorm

Almost exactly one year after Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. eastern seaboard, the strongest typhoon in recorded history has slammed into the Philippines. That's two superstorms in two years. It's the new normal, folks — and climate change is likely to blame. » 11/08/13 6:38am 11/08/13 6:38am

Watch ten years' worth of global weather unfold in just three minutes

When NASA decommissioned the GOES-12 on August 16th, the weather satellite had been locked in geostationary orbit around Earth for a little over 12 years, snapping regular photos of the western hemisphere. Here now are a decade's worth of captured images, compressed into a three-minute stop motion masterpiece. » 9/04/13 7:30am 9/04/13 7:30am

How well did NYC's flood analysis predict the reality of Hurricane…

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy's storm surge advanced mercilessly on New York City. Subway lines we inundated. City streets turned fluvial. Gawker's server host did its best impression of Niagara Falls. Shit got — as they say — real. » 2/05/13 9:33am 2/05/13 9:33am

What you need to know about the upcoming 'Frankenstorm'

Folks out on the East coast of the United States and Canada are bracing themselves for what could be a remarkably severe storm, one that has been dubbed 'Frankenstorm' on account of its tripartite composition. The mega-storm is expected to make landfall early next week just as three major weather systems collide —… » 10/26/12 6:20am 10/26/12 6:20am

Watch this incredible time-lapse video of Tropical Storm Sandy…

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was using its GOES-13 satellite to capture Hurricane Sandy as it went from being a fierce tropical storm, to a full-blown hurricane this morning when it made landfall on Jamaica. You can watch as the surging clouds slowly begin to cycle around each other,… » 10/24/12 1:15pm 10/24/12 1:15pm

Behold the sublime beauty of Hurricane Isaac, sweeping across the Gulf …

When this photograph was captured this morning at 1:57 a.m. local Louisiana time, Hurricane Isaac had already made landfall once. The powerful storm had met with Plaquemines Parish, LA at 6:45 the night before, just west of the mouth of the Mississippi River, before marching slowly west, making landfall a second time… » 8/29/12 4:30pm 8/29/12 4:30pm