Meteorology

The Cool Physical Properties Behind Sky Color

Photo: Shan Sheehan The great American man of letters, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” At some time or other, we’ve all found ourselves on our backs, marveling at the fathomless blue space above us and spotting shapes in the clouds. But the ever-changing colors of the sky, …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

20 Most Incredible Lenticular Clouds

Image: Ken Smith Pink-tinged lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier in Washington State If you’re lucky, you may have already seen the stunning meteorological phenomenon we’re about to explore today. Yet, while lenticular clouds are a rare spectacle for many people, if the conditions are right, it’s not impossible to catch sight of them – and …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

5 Environmental Effects the Return of El Niño May Bring

Photo: Jon Sullivan Last month, May 2012, seven models used by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology came to a consensus: La Niña is gone, and El Niño is likely to make a comeback by the year’s end. Climatologists in other nations are generally reaching the same conclusion, although the severity of the upcoming pattern is …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Disaster Response a Major Issue in the Melting Arctic

Photo: Christine Zenino The melting Arctic landscape is creating a new set of global relationships. As the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding environment continue to thaw, changes are taking place rapidly. The dramatic transformation of habitats is endangering native species such as the polar bear, pressuring indigenous populations and creating a brave new world of …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

How Meteorologists Predict the Weather

Photo: Marcin Kargol Picture a group of friends stargazing in a meadow late at night. Gathering clouds obscure the constellations. Then drops of rain chase the comrades off the grass. They jump to the safety of their cars as lighting strikes the ground. Seconds later, thunder reaches their ears. It turned out to be a …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

10 Incredible Snapshots of Lightning Striking Power Stations

Image: Anthony James Measuring up: A massive lightning bolt strikes close to the twin chimneys of Torrens Island Power Station, near Adelaide, Australia. An eerie humming sound can be heard emanating from the power station. Maybe the photographer is so engrossed in his work that he doesn’t notice the sky darkening and the thunderstorm brewing. …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Las Nieves: The Spanish Campground Struck By a Devastating Flood

Image: Nacho Labrador The old swimming pool Just before 7pm, on August 7, 1996, everything seemed normal at the Las Nieves campground in Biescas, a village in the Spanish Pyrenees. Campers were huddled in their tents and caravans waiting for the summer storm to subside. Yet, within ten minutes, all hell had broken loose. The …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

The Alarming Impact of Climate Change on Switzerland’s Matterhorn

Photo: Juan Rubiano The Matterhorn, one of the most iconic of the Alpine mountains, is reportedly beginning to melt like an ice cream cone thanks to the effects of climate change. The Swiss peak, whose appearance delights tourists and locals alike, is being eroded due to melting ice water from the glaciers at its summit. …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

The Positive Effects of Global Warming on Greenland

Photo: Christine Zenino on Flickr Greenland, the world’s largest island, is one big ice sheet surrounded by a narrow, mountainous, barren, rocky coast. Its 57,695 residents are a hardy bunch. They have to be; Greenland is a harsh place in which to live. But global warming is changing the world, and there may be a …

By Karl Fabricius