With your average weather app for your phone, you get daily or hourly predictions for your location, and that’s cool and all, but if you really want an even more fined-tuned sense of the weather, Dark Sky is an app that will tell when your weather is going to change down to the minute.
Not wanting hurricanes to get all the fun, The Weather Channel has decided this year that they’re going to name the major winter storms in the US. They’re using an interesting mix of names from Greco-Roman culture and… Star Trek. Okay, they’re just waiting til “Khan”, so the internet will go crazy, so whatever. And Gandolf [sic] from Tolkien. That can stay. But what are some other good names for winter storms? Why Greco-Roman? Why not Norse? I SURVIVED MJOLNIR 2012. Yessssss.
While Mars is fairly similar to Earth in some ways, its position slightly further out from the Sun makes it quite a bit colder. Cold enough that the polar caps are made of frozen carbon dioxide, cold enough that that frozen carbon dioxide even turns into snow. That’s fucking coooold.
While meteorology has advanced quite a bit in the past few decades, we still have a lot to learn about the exact nature of hurricanes— how exactly they form, how they travel and how we can mitigate property damage and the loss of human life. At the University of Miami in Florida, scientists are learning about hurricanes by creating mini hurricanes in a gigantic aquarium.
There’s that saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, a saying that as an adult, you should know is bullshit. And according to this new map from NASA, there are several places on the planet where lightning does strike in the same place quite a lot.
Around 80,000 years ago, sea levels dropped just enough to uncover the land Bering land bridge between what is now Russia and Alaska. For the Siberian nomads who would come to populate the Americas, the land bridge was essential. But if it had lasted any longer than it did, it might have totally wrecked Earth’s climate as we know it.
Created by a pair of Google computer scientists, this project, simply called Wind Map, creates a gorgeous visualization of wind patterns across the continental US. Of course, the image above isn’t the only wind map, since as you may have noticed, wind doesn’t stay in one place for very long.
Record temperatures across North America and Europe, record low snowfall, flowers and birds thinking it’s spring instead of the dead of winter… what the hell’s going on? Is this global warming? Not exactly… this year’s near-complete lack of winter, especially compared to last year, seems to be mostly due to La Niña, keeping the jet stream pushed way north.