MS-ESS2-5

Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

  1. Climate

    Explainer: How scientists know Earth is warming

    Scientists can calculate global temperatures, both present and past. Their findings show that the planet is rapidly heating up.

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  2. Climate

    Picture This: Biggest hurricane in the West

    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.

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  3. Physics

    Scientists ‘see’ thunder for first time

    Scientists have captured the first image of thunder. The map shows the relative strengths of the sound waves emanating from the loud clap.

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  4. Climate

    Cosmic rays offer clues about lightning

    Space particles called cosmic rays pelt Earth. Scientists are using the rain of these particles to probe how lightning forms.

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  5. Earth

    Mornings become electric

    Lightning packs a wallop in the morning. The most powerful lightning strikes in the continental United States usually peak before noon.

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  6. Environment

    Arctic warming bolsters summer heat

    Rapid warming in the Arctic is sapping summer storms of their power to cool. That worsens heat waves across the Northern Hemisphere.

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  7. Climate

    Distant pollution may intensify U.S. twisters

    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.

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  8. Climate

    Lightning strikes will surge with climate change

    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.

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  9. Climate

    Where will lightning strike?

    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.

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  10. Climate

    Explainer: Why a tornado forms

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  11. Climate

    Explainer: El Niño and La Niña

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  12. Climate

    Recipe for a hurricane

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