It helps if you imagine the ground here on Earth as a big heater. It keeps us warm, and if you move away from the heater you feel cold.
Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth.
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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.
A scientist explains how global warming is affecting the entire world – from the mountains, to the sea.
Over the past 20 years, Great Lakes water levels have gone from sustained multiyear lows to multiyear highs. Climate change is accelerating the transition between dry phases and wet phases.
For the start of Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, scholars explain weather forecasting, evacuation orders, inland flooding risks and how social ties influence decisions to stay or flee.
What creates such dramatic storms across the US Great Plains? The key factors are topography and temperature differences.
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.
Record heat in February 2019 caused shock and delight in equal measure. Behind the balmy weather lie challenges for British wildlife.
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.
At a very simple level, "weather" refers to day-to-day conditions. "Climate" describes the average over many years.
Twice every day the Bureau of Meteorology sends out the official weather forecasts for towns and cities across Australia. Here's how we work out what to say in them.
Dust storms look spectacular but are a serious health hazard. As climate change dries up many areas of the world, what can we expect from these storms in future?
Haze from Northern California wildfires has drifted as far east as Philadelphia. Wildfire smoke contains many potentially toxic substances, so anyone exposed to it should take basic precautions.
The future climate that scientists predict for the middle of the United States is one that will foster more hail events with bigger hailstones.
Don't believe the skeptics or the conspiracy theorists: Weather forecasters can't slant hurricane warnings to make political points.
How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? A look at the complicated science of forecasting.
Technology can only go so far in making sense of our vast and intricate atmosphere.
And how long before such extreme heatwaves become the 'new norm' across the region?
Yesterday's weather helps make sense of today's, but how will this change as the climate changes?
When you see a bolt of lightning, do you immediately start counting to see how far off a storm is? An atmospheric scientist parses the practice.