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Chasing the Man Who Caught the Storm: An Interview With Brantley Hargrove

<i>Jonny Auping | Longreads | April 2018| 15 minutes (4,096 words)</i> In his recently released book, <i>The Man Who Caught the Storm</i>, Brantley Hargrove tells …

Weather

Cracking the Mystery of the Atmosphere’s Dazzling Red and Blue ‘Lightning’

Sprites, elves, and jets look like special effects, but they’re electrical discharges.<p>In folklore, sprites and elves flit and frolic amid mushrooms …

Six clouds you can use to predict the weather

Get your head in the clouds.<p>Modern weather forecasts rely on complex computer simulators. These simulators use all the physics equations that describe the atmosphere, including the movement of air, the sun’s warmth, and the formation of clouds and rain.<p>Incremental improvements in forecasts over …

Weather

Wild Temperature Swings Cracked Windows in the Black Hills 75 Years Ago

Weather<p>Wild Temperature Swings Cracked Windows in the Black Hills 75 Years Ago<p>By Jonathan Belles<p>January 23 2018 05:30 PM EDT<p>weather.com<p>01:19<p>South …

9 Powerful Facts About Derechos

Think about the worst thunderstorm you've ever witnessed. Having trouble remembering the specifics? That's because in the summertime, thunderstorms …

Facts About Microbursts

Microbursts, also called downbursts, are powerful, localized columns of wind that occur when cooled air drops from the base of a thunderstorm at …

Milky Way Maps

The strange shapes on these ancient tablets reveal something startling about astronomy

Mathieu Ossendrijver, a professor at Humboldt University in Berlin who specializes in Babylonian astronomy, made the discovery by studying five tablets dating to between 350 and 50 BC. He had long known of four of the tablets - but they were damaged, meaning he could not fully translate the …

Astronomy

Earth - Ten strange lights that appear in the sky

View image of St Elmo's fire on Christopher Columbus's ship in 1492 (Credit: SPL)<p><b>St Elmo's fire</b><p>Sailors out at sea would sometimes see a bluish glow seeming to shoot out of the ends of the masts of ships at night. The light wasn't hot and wouldn't burn anything on board. They took it to be a good …

You can’t walk on cloud streets

Cloud streets are long rows of cumulus clouds oriented parallel to the direction of the wind. Check out these cool images!<p>Cloud streets are long rows …

Cosmic Curation — Geographical and astronomical illustrations from...

Are all psychological therapies equally effective? Don't ask the dodo

"<i>Everybody</i> has won and <i>all</i> must have prizes," declared the dodo in Alice in Wonderland when asked to judge the winner of a race around a lake. As judgements go, it is admirably even-handed and optimistic. But in the world of mental health the dodo's decision has come to symbolise a bitter dispute …

Why brighter stars at this time of year?

No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.<p>As seen …

Astronomy

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …