Meteorology

Zodiacal Light Vs Epic Mountainscapes

Image: Luis Argerich The sky is often a magical place where some of the greatest wonders of the universe are revealed – from the twinkling stars that dot the vast black velvet canvas above, to the ethereal Moon shining in the distance. But of the many phenomena that brighten the night-time heavens, there is one …

By Kristina Bostley
Meteorology

Lightning Strikes Etch the Sky Over White Sands National Monument

Photo: Erin Curry White dunes roll away into the distance like giant snow drifts; then lightning flashes, illuminating the silvery peaks, so that momentarily they seem to glow. However, despite appearances, snow here is unlikely. This is the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, and what we see are granules of gypsum piled up …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

The Island Nation Doomed to Disappear Within Half a Century

Image: Jon Lewis A young boy covered in mud in Kiribati With its white, sandy beaches and coconut palms, Kiribati appears to be the quintessential island paradise. However, in a world threatened by rising sea levels, this tiny island nation in the center of the Pacific has been put in a precarious position. Image: Jon …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

20 Breathtaking Snapshots of Supercell Storms

Image: Mike Hollingshead There’s a rolling boom of thunder. Dark clouds gather overhead and begin to rotate slowly in a strange, ominous fashion. If it were a movie, this is the point where the giant UFO would break through the clouds; or perhaps an all-powerful supernatural being would emerge and wreak havoc on the puny …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

The Fingerprints of Climate Change on Two Extreme Natural Disasters

Photo: Alessandro Muiesan In West Africa and Haiti, erratic precipitation patterns are underlying two immense humanitarian emergencies. In the last few months, West Africa and Haiti have suffered major disasters of epic proportions. In West Africa, both Niger and Nigeria experienced the worst flooding in decades, which has impacted over two million people. And, after …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Waterspout Whips Across the Adriatic Sea

Image: Mladen Duka The atmosphere crackles with electricity, the air is close, and in the distance a towering column of rotating air and water approaches. Such a sight might be enough to scare the wits out of some people, but for Mladen Duka, the photographer who took these awe-inspiring photos, the thrill of the situation …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Venezuela’s Everlasting Lightning Storm

Image: Alan Highton Lightning cracks through a deep purple sky over Catatumbo. Forks of electricity lacerate the night sky, and a few seconds later thunder peals through the air. Most who witness this exhibition of nature’s might are left awestruck, and yet in this remote corner of South America such electric displays occur as a …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

When Rainbows Embrace Global Cities

Image: Gary Hayes Of all meteorological phenomena – from puffy white clouds to dramatic lighting strikes – the rainbow is surely the most universally loved. And really, what’s not to love? Coming, as it does, on rainy days, the rainbow can be seen to represent a promise of better times after adversity or hardship. The …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

How the Dutch Are Facing the Threat of Flooding Due to Global Warming

Photo: Martin Terber Water is one of our most essential resources, but it can also pose a deadly threat. The Netherlands is a classic example of a place where water can prove both beneficial and hazardous to people. Built mostly below sea level, the country is dependent on a series of dikes and other man-made …

By Karl Fabricius