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Cyclones Trevor and Veronica hit north Australia in 2019. NASA Earth Observatory handout/EPA/AAP

I’ve always wondered: how do cyclones get their names?

In 1887 Queensland’s chief weatherman Clement Wragge began naming tropical cyclones, using names from the Greek alphabet, fabulous beasts and politicians who annoyed him.
The world’s weather is changing and the media needs to keep up. Flickr/Shannon Dizmang

Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth

Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth. The Conversation40.1 MB (download)
The Washington Post's weather editor explains how digital media changed the way we connect to the weather, and why it's wrong for weather editors to leave climate change out of the discussion.
Blizzard conditions cover the Central and Northern Plains on March 13, 2019. NASA Earth Observatory

Why the Great Plains has such epic weather

What creates such dramatic storms across the US Great Plains? The key factors are topography and temperature differences.
Frozen fountain in New York City during a bomb cyclone event, Jan. 4, 2018. RW/MediaPunch/IPX

When does a winter storm become a bomb cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure – and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.
About 100 homes in Angus, Ont. were damaged by a tornado in June 2014. Ten lost their roofs and had to be demolished. Gregory Alan Kopp, Western University

As climate changes, the way we build homes must change too

Weather-related catastrophic events have cost Canadians more than $17 billion in the past decade. That only stands to grow, unless building codes change to make homes more resilient.
The heat makes the drought even worse, because it makes the plants more thirsty so they have to drink more. Tim J Keegan/flickr

Curious Kids: why do we have a drought?

We can't make it rain. But you are already helping if you don't use more water than you need. And you can talk to your parents about the planet getting warmer, because the heat makes drought worse.
Bundled up against the cold in downtown Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

How frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming

Life-threatening cold temperatures in the central US are caused by changes in wind circulation in the Arctic that bring cold air south. Climate change could make these events more frequent.

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