Category: Weather

Plan to build treetop bridges to save critically-endangered Hainan gibbons

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianArtificial canopy bridges in China’s rainforest will provide vital habitat needed to stop the first ape species from becoming extinct Conservationists will begin constructing a series of treetop bridges later this year in a bid to save a critically-endangered species of gibbon. Just 25 Hainan gibbons, Nomascus hainanus, are […]

The Birth of the Weather Forecast

Originally Published by BBC News – MagazineThe man who invented the weather forecast in the 1860s faced scepticism and even mockery. But science was on his side, writes Peter Moore.

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

Major winter storm poised to wallop U.S. Mid-Atlantic

winter torm
Originally Published by EarthSky – A major winter storm is poised to wallop the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states bring large amounts of snow to cities including Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C. area on March 2 and 3, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image on March 2, 2014 of the clouds associated with the winter storm as it continued moving east toward those cities.

Successful GPM Launch Marks New Era in Earth Observation

A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center on Feb. 27, 2014. Image Credit: NASA TV.
A joint mission between NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, will for the first time provide near real-time information about rain and snow around the globe.

How do snowflakes get their shape?

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Originally Published by EarthSky – The shape of snowflakes is influenced by the temperature and humidity of the atmosphere. Snowflakes form in the atmosphere when cold water droplets freeze onto dust particles. Depending on the temperature and humidity of the air where the snowflakes form, the resulting ice crystals will grow into a myriad of different shapes.

Amplified Fire Occurrences in Response to Drought and Vegetation Stress in the Western Ghats of India

Location of the study area in India.

This study demonstrates the importance of the intensity and severity of drought in contributing to anomalous fire events, an important driver of global fire regimes. While spatial and temporal analysis of fires’ response to droughts indicates the vulnerability of all land cover types, the primary wet evergreen and secondary moist deciduous forests are particularly at risk.

Proba-2: Eye-to-eye with Typhoon Soulik

Proba-2 X-Cam. Credit: ESA. Originally published by ESA – The swirling eye of Typhoon Soulik as it approached Taiwan last Friday is caught by a tiny espresso cup-sized camera on one of ESA’s smallest satellites, Proba-2.

Typhoon Soulik approaching China

Typhoon Soulik. Credit: NASA. Originally published by EarthSky – Typhoon Soulik is hitting parts of Taiwan today. It’ll continue to push northwest and affect parts of China’s provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday.

Typhoon Soulik

Typhoon Soulik. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory. Originally published by NASA Earth Observatory – The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Soulik over the western Pacific Ocean on July 9, 2013.