The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun

Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 8:40am 7/24/14 8:40am

Ball lightning has been captured on video for the first time ever

Reports of ball lightning have existed for hundreds of years, but footage of the rare phenomenon, which appears transiently in the form of a glowing sphere of electrical activity, has never been acquired outside the lab. Now, a team of Chinese researchers claims it has obtained the first recorded scientific video of… » 1/19/14 10:55am 1/19/14 10:55am

There's a "polar vortex" sweeping across America, and it is NASTY

A spiraling pool of cold, dense, arctic air called a "polar vortex" began its frigid sweep of the U.S. today. "It's just a dangerous cold," said National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye this morning. The arctic chill is expected to burden some regions of the country with the coldest weather they've seen in… » 1/05/14 9:00am 1/05/14 9:00am

A rare event turns the Grand Canyon into Cloud City

Over the weekend, rare atmospheric conditions gave rise to an even rarer scene: The Grand Canyon – that vast, gaping wonder of the natural world – filled to the brim with cold, dense, roiling fog. National Park officials have called the sight a "once in a lifetime" event. Looking at these photos, it's not hard to see… » 12/02/13 12:16pm 12/02/13 12:16pm