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.