Scientists can calculate global temperatures, both present and past. Their findings show that the planet is rapidly heating up.
The hurricane that’s storming into western Mexico has had higher sustained winds than any seen in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also got the lowest atmospheric pressure, making it a monster storm.
Scientists have captured the first image of thunder. The map shows the relative strengths of the sound waves emanating from the loud clap.
Space particles called cosmic rays pelt Earth. Scientists are using the rain of these particles to probe how lightning forms.
Lightning packs a wallop in the morning. The most powerful lightning strikes in the continental United States usually peak before noon.
Rapid warming in the Arctic is sapping summer storms of their power to cool. That worsens heat waves across the Northern Hemisphere.
A new study of one of the deadliest U.S. outbreaks of tornadoes sees a possible role for smoke. In this analysis, the smoke had come from fires burning in Central America.
Warming temperatures will lead to 50 percent more lightning strikes across the 48 U.S. states in the next century, researchers report. That increase could lead to more warming, more fires and even more deaths.
When lightning strikes, the results can be deadly. But nature’s dazzling light show also can provide scientists with insights into when and where the next thunderbolt might strike.