Seven Best Lip Balms

Our lip balm nominations round was poppin', breaking records for number of comments on one of our posts, number of product nominations, number of recommendations for nominees, and more. Here are the top seven, apply and vote. » 3/11/15 1:00pm 3/11/15 1:00pm

An Intriguing Theory That Explains This Winter's Intensely Cold Weather

In this scenario, put forth by physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rise in air pollution via coal emissions from China and Southeast Asia is to blame for the relentless snows that have blanketed parts of the United States. » 3/08/15 4:15pm 3/08/15 4:15pm

How bad was your winter? How you answer that question depends, of course, on where you're answering it from. Climate Central has put together a calculator that shows you just where in the spectrum of your city's wintry history this year falls in terms of temperatures over the last 120 years of winters. » 3/06/15 11:30am 3/06/15 11:30am

How much snow has the United States seen this year? The New York Times has a set of composite photos showing snow cover from 2013, 2014, and 2015. Two things stand out: one is the photos for the Northeast, which shows the thicker more snow this year. The other is the disappearance of snow from the west. » 3/06/15 3:00am 3/06/15 3:00am

Most Popular Tea Steeper: ingenuiTEA

With 39% of your votes, the ingenuiTEA gets your best tea maker seal of approval. You praised it for its ease of use, versatility, and easy cleanup. The ingenuiTEA is also available with a 32 oz. capacity. » 2/16/15 3:00pm 2/16/15 3:00pm

What's the Best Tea Steeper?

Tea is great for you, but what's the best way to make it? That's what we're going to be voting on this week, and we expect to be steeped in great nominations. » 2/05/15 3:00pm 2/05/15 3:00pm

The Science Behind Turning Boiling Water Into "Snow" on a Frigid Day

Every winter, one of the coolest trends to circulate around the web is courtesy of unfortunate, bored souls stuck in the northern tundra with nothing better to do than throw cups of boiling water into the air. Once the water leaves the cup, it immediately turns into "snow." Let's take a look at how and why that… » 1/08/15 10:57am 1/08/15 10:57am

The Science Behind Freak Snowstorms

If you've ever experienced the overwhelming "flash snowstorm" that is lake effect snow, you know that the sudden white-out conditions can disappear just as quickly as they came, a giant pile of freshly fallen snow the only evidence they were there at all. But how does it work? Here it is, explained in one picture. » 1/08/15 9:20am 1/08/15 9:20am

Here's What You Need to Know About This Week's Dangerous Cold Snap

The coldest air of the winter is draining into the United States, and holy crap it's cold. Temperatures in much of the north are struggling to climb into the single digits today, while Boston and the NYC suburbs will flirt with lows near zero on Thursday morning. Here's what you need to know to survive the deep freeze. » 1/05/15 3:12pm 1/05/15 3:12pm

A Time-lapse of Every Winter Storm That Hit This Year

You weren't imagining it — this was one brutal winter. Here's every winter storm that hit this year the way it was meant to be experienced, from inside a warm room, safely behind a screen. » 3/27/14 6:00pm 3/27/14 6:00pm

One Map Explaining Why This Winter Wasn't Nearly As Bad As You Thought

This was one weird, long, cold winter — at least it certainly felt that way. But this map, put together by NASA's Earth Observatory, tells a different story. » 3/20/14 7:50am 3/20/14 7:50am

California just had its warmest winter on record

California just had its warmest winter since record keeping began 119 years ago, according to newly published NOAA data. Meanwhile, the midwest is recovering from one of its top-ten coldest seasons ever. The jury's still out on the role of climate change in both regions' wintertide weirdness. Tim McDonnel has details… » 3/13/14 2:40pm 3/13/14 2:40pm

This polar vortex graphic is the most upsetting map of the winter

Just how bad was this winter? Bad. Really, really bad as this terrifying visualization of global temperatures during these last few months shows. » 2/19/14 11:20am 2/19/14 11:20am

The great lakes are now frozen enough for a plane to land on the ice

Just how frozen are the great lakes right now? Frozen enough that a plane was able to successfully land on the deeply frosted over waters of Lake Huron today. » 2/17/14 6:00pm 2/17/14 6:00pm

How an ice storm uproots a tree

Atlanta's recent ice storm was so severe that some meteorologists were predicting that the city could lose more than a quarter of its trees in a single day. So, just how does ice take down a tree? » 2/14/14 4:20pm 2/14/14 4:20pm

A climate map showing every Winter Olympics ever!

Climatologists over at NOAA have mapped out the weather patterns hitting the host cities during the Winter Olympics since their beginning — and, big surprise, the Winter Olympics are heating up, with Sochi among the warmest of the last century. Here it is in more detail: » 2/12/14 11:29am 2/12/14 11:29am

Sorry conspiracy theorists, but the snow in Atlanta was real.

A conspiracy theory is floating around that someone other than Mother Nature is responsible for Atlanta's latest snowfall, spurred on by clips of people burning snowballs black. This video, using a lighter and some snow, explains why they're wrong — and explores the phenomenon of "snow that doesn't melt." » 2/03/14 7:00pm 2/03/14 7:00pm

A map showing just how freaky this winter really is

Weather-wise, this has been a rather strange and memorable winter. A North American polar vortex and frigid Mars-like temperatures will do that. As this new NASA Earth Observatory map beautifully illustrates, it has been an anomalous winter, indeed. » 1/13/14 4:00pm 1/13/14 4:00pm

Not chilly enough yet? Here are some of the world's coldest settlements

The polar vortex has brought record-breaking temperatures to the US and Canada, but in some parts of the world, people regularly live with frigid temperatures that make 0°C look rather balmy. Here are some currently and formerly inhabited spots where a good coat and a set of longjohns are essential to life. » 1/13/14 3:00pm 1/13/14 3:00pm