Get It Straight, People: It's Winter Storm Gandolf, Not Winter Storm…

Right now, the northern plains are getting buffeted by a massive winter storm that the US media has nicknamed "Gandolf." Which has led to a lot of speculation about certain gray wizards being involved with extreme weather events in North America. But we're here to set the record straight. This is not a misspelling of… » 1/11/13 4:48pm 1/11/13 4:48pm

Incredible "supercell" storm clouds loom menacingly above the plains of…

Few people realize that storms and clouds are often categorized into a variety of taxonomies — including families, genera, and even species — not unlike like plants and animals. Last Thursday, American photographer Mitch Dobrowner was named the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year, in recognition … » 4/30/12 4:20pm 4/30/12 4:20pm

The fragile little ball we call home

You can practically see your house in this ultra-crisp image of our homeworld, newly uploaded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, if you live in the Western Hemisphere. Something about the beautiful air currents and lush greenery looks terribly fragile. » 7/15/10 7:30am 7/15/10 7:30am