First Images from a New Satellite That Measures Rain and Snowfall

The new NASA-JAXA precipitation satellite works! The spacecraft was launched in February as part of an effort to improve global rain and snowfall measurements. You can see its first images, which are of a cyclone east of Honshu Island, Japan. » 3/25/14 3:43pm 3/25/14 3:43pm

Water On Earth: Floods, Droughts And Prediction

Today is World Water Day, a time to think about how water interacts with the environment. Too much water leads to floods and landslides; too little water results in droughts. Better predictions of when either situation is going to occur will reduce risk through better disaster preparation, in turn making everyone safer … » 3/22/14 7:19pm 3/22/14 7:19pm

The United States' weird January weather, summarized in a single map

January was a month of extremes for the continental United States. Pretty much everywhere east of the Rockies endured unusually cold conditions, while most regions west of the range experienced record-breaking warmth (most notably in California, where a devastating drought recently extended into its 13th month). » 2/16/14 9:55am 2/16/14 9:55am

11 Alarming Weather Flukes That Happen When it Gets Really Cold

It's been a bit nippy out lately. And by "a bit nippy," I mean the world we once knew has been replaced by an ice-bound hellscape. On the plus side, this means we get to see some of nature's weirder responses to extreme cold. Here are 11 strange things that happen when the temperature gets too low — and why they happen. » 2/07/14 11:30am 2/07/14 11:30am