Meteorology

The Mystery Behind the Green Fireball Phenomenon

Photo: C M Handler The green fireball phenomenon came to prevalence in the late 1940s, and no one in the scientific world knew what to make of it. The fireballs would shoot through the atmosphere, usually in the vicinity of highly classified nuclear facilities like Los Alamos or the Sandia National Laboratory, where atomic bombs …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

13 Incredible Images of Lightning Reflected in Water

Image: Steve Mac Photography Razor-like lightning with an equally sharp reflection, photographed during a thunderstorm in Queensland, Australia. So perfect is the picture’s composition and clarity that it looks almost fake, but photographer Steve Mac assured us it is real – courtesy of Mother Nature’s artistic hand! Boom! As deafening thunder booms, the photographer eagerly …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

When A Waterspout Strikes…

Image: Jerry Liew The formation of a waterspout off the coast of Singapore. All images are copyrighted and used with permission of Jerry Liew The waterspout appeared, stretching up out of the ocean and seeming to skirt between boats – boats whose situation off the coast of Singapore suddenly looked decidedly more perilous. Bystanders on …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

How Climate Change Affects Migrating Birds

Photo: Barbara Miers A biology study revealed that birds have varying responses to climate change. While some birds are migrating nearly a week earlier in response to warmer weather, other birds are following their historic migration patterns. Birds migrate to take advantage of seasonally available food sources such as insects. They time their migrations to …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

18 Stunning Images of Monsoons from Around the World

Image: Rohit Chhiber A monsoonal storm approaches White Sands National Park in New Mexico. From North America to the Amazon, from Sri Lanka and Northern Australia, the monsoon rains are an eagerly awaited event in many parts of the world. Here are some stormy photos of this extraordinary weather phenomenon, and the stories of the …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Stunning Polar Images from NASA’s Operation IceBridge

Photo: Michael StudingerThe stunning coast of Greenland, complete with fjords, glaciers and sea ice. NASA isn’t always just about telescopes, satellites and trips to the moon. The space agency also performs some very important research and monitoring work right here on planet Earth. One of their most vital ongoing programmes is Operation IceBridge, which looks …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

The Fractal Patterns of Landscapes Devastated by Drought

Image: Bertil Videt The beauty of nature works in mysterious ways. It can sometimes present itself in the harshest of landscapes, for example. Drought is a killer of animals, crops and people, yet there is an undeniable aesthetic appeal to the images of parched terrains that we are about to explore. As we will see, …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Flood Damage, Precipitation and Policies in New Jersey’s Bergen County

Photo: Joseph Dunsay Flood damage is an occasional problem in Bergen County, New Jersey. While some attribute every natural disaster to global warming, the reality is more complex. Many natural disaster are influenced by other factors, and even experts have difficulty attributing extreme weather to global warming. Flooding has worsened in Bergen County because of …

By Karl Fabricius
Meteorology

Lightning: Nature’s Spectacular Killer

Photo: Elsie esq. Thunder and lightning is one of nature’s finest shows. Lightning is mesmerising – almost hypnotic as it flashes across the sky – and the thunderstorm that accompanies it provides a classical booming soundtrack. Being out in a lightning storm can be an exhilarating experience, and one which can also feel somehow safe …

By Karl Fabricius