Unusual Land Temperatures Reveal A Winter Of Stark Contrasts

If last month's weather seemed a bit off to you, you're right. Depending on which half of North America you dwell, February was characterized by either bitter cold and winter storms, or unusually warm temperatures. This new map from NASA shows just how anomalous — and divided — our current winter has been. » 3/10/15 7:20am 3/10/15 7:20am

If You Think a Skypunch Looks Cool From the Earth, See It From the Air

This crazy circular hole in a cloud goes by many names — skypunch, fallstreak hole, punchole cloud, or sometimes, when it's a line instead of a circle, a canal cloud. Whatever it's called, it's the result of a weird domino effect that sometimes happens in the air above us. » 3/10/15 6:30am 3/10/15 6:30am

Five Best Weather Web Sites

Whether you're heading out around town or you're planning a long-distance trip, you probably want to know what the weather will be like when you get where you're going—or later that day. A good, reliable weather site or service can tell you, in useful, accurate terms, and this week we're looking at five of the best,… » 2/22/15 5:26pm 2/22/15 5:26pm

Why Do Cities Spark More Thunderstorms Than Rural Areas?

Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually spawn more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas. » 2/21/15 11:30am 2/21/15 11:30am

A Hundred Thousand People Died So You Could Enjoy Amsterdam

Ever wanted to go to Amsterdam? Maybe sit at a cafe or tour the Red Light District? You monster. It took two horrific floods, which re-sculpted the coast of Europe, to make Amsterdam into a city worth visiting. » 2/19/15 4:40pm 2/19/15 4:40pm

Scientists Struggle To Explain These Bizarre Martian Plumes

Astronomers have been unable to explain the sudden but fleeting appearance of massive plumes high up in the Martian atmosphere. Rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km), these hazy structures are forcing scientists to re-evaluate what they know about the Martian atmosphere. » 2/17/15 8:00am 2/17/15 8:00am

The Northeastern U.S. Was Ravaged By "Monstrous" Hurricanes Just…

A new analysis shows that the northeast corner of what is now the United States was slammed by at least 23 severe hurricanes from the years 250 to 1150, many of them reaching category 3 and 4 status. Researchers say these hurricanes, which formed in relatively warm seas, could be a harbinger of things to come. » 2/13/15 11:20am 2/13/15 11:20am

Super Typhoon Vongfong Has Erupted Into The Biggest Storm Of 2014

Over the course of 24 hours, Typhoon Vongfong rapidly strengthened from a Category 3 to Category 5. With sustained winds approaching 170 mph (272 km/h), the storm is heading straight towards Japan — a country still reeling from Typhoon Phanfone. » 10/08/14 2:20pm 10/08/14 2:20pm

This Cloud Looks So Much Like A Penis It's Not Even Funny

Actually, it's quite hilarious. The turgid image was captured in Foolow, Derbshire by a British photographer who goes by the name Villager Jim. » 7/31/14 6:20am 7/31/14 6:20am

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

Freak Hail Storm Ruins A Perfectly Good Day For Russian Beachgoers

Visitors to a beach in Novosibirsk, Russia, were forced to run for cover when a sudden temperature drop from 105° to 71° F (41° to 22° C) caused a severe hail storm, dropping ice pellets the size of golf balls. » 7/14/14 8:20am 7/14/14 8:20am

Horrifyingly Powerful Mudslide In Japan Tears Down Trees In An Instant

Typhoon Neoguri slammed through Japan yesterday bringing widespread flooding. A closed circuit camera captured this jaw-dropping footage of a debris flow that levelled trees as if they were matchsticks. » 7/11/14 8:20am 7/11/14 8:20am

Watch Triple Lightning Strike 3 of Chicago's Tallest Buildings At Once

Photographer Craig Shimala was filming a time-lapse of a derecho over Chicago on the night of June 30th when a triple lightning strike touched down on three of the city's tallest buildings: Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and the John Hancock Building. » 7/05/14 8:00am 7/05/14 8:00am

Hurricane Arthur Looks Even More Ominous When Seen From Space

Hurricane Arthur is currently ravaging the coast of North Carolina. The Category 2 storm is packing winds over 100 mph as it makes its way north. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station snapped this stunning pic of the hurricane yesterday while flying over the Bahamas. » 7/04/14 6:30am 7/04/14 6:30am

A Map Showing Lightning Strikes Around The World In Real Time

A small German group called Blitzortung has developed a crowd-sourced map that shows real-time lightning strikes around the world. » 6/23/14 10:30am 6/23/14 10:30am

This Is Why You Don't Hide Under A Tree During A Lightning Storm

Watch An Enormous Supercell Thunderstorm As It Forms

If ever you felt uncertain about the sheer power of thunderstorms, this gorgeous video of a gigantic forming supercell over Wyoming should convince you otherwise. » 5/19/14 12:51pm 5/19/14 12:51pm

Maritime Maps by the Harbour

Part topography, part bathymetry, part meteorology, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum has one intense carpet. Two hundred square meters of the museum are dedicated to this maritime map of the Hong Kong harbour. » 3/30/14 2:33pm 3/30/14 2:33pm

WHOA. A giant lightning bolt just struck the world's tallest building

A massive bolt of lightning just struck the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa — and a photographer was there to catch it the precise moment when it all happened. » 2/13/14 2:48pm 2/13/14 2:48pm