If a space alien landed on our planet, what are the odds that s/he could breathe our atmosphere? High, according to scientists. Read about why they think that; ATMO‘s David Catling is quoted.
With the wet storms moving through Seattle, the skies are dark. Like, really dark. In fact, Monday was the second gloomiest day on record. Learn more about what that means here; ATMO‘s Mark Albright is quoted.
Get your lawn mowed today; the next week of weather looks to be very wet and windy. ATMO‘s Cliff Mass is quoted; learn more here.
Leh, an Indian town in a high desert valley in the Himalaya mountains, as it appeared just a few days before the flood. (Image Source: Jennifer Spatz, Global Family Travels)
In late summer 2010, an unprecedented storm-driven flash flood rushed through the small Himalayan town of Leh, killing 193 people and leaving thousands homeless. Now, ATMO‘s Kristen Rasmussen and Robert Houze have identified specific factors that led to this tragic event, factors which can now be incorporated into future storm predictions. Read more here.
With the use of satellite data and computer models, scientists were able to accurately forecast both the unprecedented path and the extreme intensity of Superstorm Sandy, giving communities 5 days to prepare for the storm. Read more about how they did it; ATMO‘s Dennis Hartmann is quoted.
Hurricane Sandy lurched westward as it headed toward landfall in New York and New Jersey late Monday. In its turn, it also swapped energy sources, becoming extratropical. The process sometimes gives storms a boost of power. Read more about the transformation of Sandy; ATMO‘s Cliff Mass is quoted.
A NASA satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy battering the Caribbean on Thursday. Image Source: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
A looming gap in satellite coverage, expected within the next few years unless a jury-rigged solution can be implemented, will mean loss of data critical to tracking storms such as the now-approaching Hurricane Sandy. ATMO‘s Dennis Hartmann is quoted; read more here.