Australia has expansive areas of flat land — usually agricultural land — and it’s over these large, flat areas that tornadoes like to form.
Scientists are building a pollen forecasting model using meteorology, botany, pollen count numbers and satellite imagery to help people plan ahead.
I helped forecast disaster – but nothing prepared for me what happened next.
Catastrophic floods in north-western Europe have shown how badly early warning systems can fail.
If it rains on St Swithin’s day it is believed that it will rain for the rest of summer.
New Orleans has about a 40% chance of getting hit by a tropical storm in any given year. Here’s how heat, winds and the shape of the seafloor raise the hurricane damage risk.
The US is shifting to a new set of climate ‘normals’ – data sets averaged over the past 30 years. But normal is a relative concept in a time of climate change.
While land tornadoes are associated with huge supercell thunderstorms, waterspouts can form during smaller storms or even just showers or the presence of the right kind of clouds.
It has only been in the past century that weather prediction on Earth has advanced enough to work two weeks in advance. Predicting space weather, however, is only reliable an hour in advance.
Internal waves can create pretty cloud shapes in the sky, as well as making life unpleasant for passengers on aeroplanes. And in the oceans they can be a deadly hazard to submarines.
Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton’s concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.
Ramping up fossil power sources is no longer a good option in an energy-supply crisis. Bring in the weather forecasters.
Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.
It’s only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there’s an unusual twist to where many of the storms formed this year.
Laura went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours, sending coastal residents scrambling to prepare. Hurricanes Harvey and Michael exploded in strength in similar ways.
It's a lot more than you might think.
Hurricane and tornado winds spin in circles, but there’s another, equally dangerous storm type where winds barrel straight ahead. They’re called derechos, and are most common in summer.
Finding could be useful for attempts to manipulate the weather using technology.
More than one million weather observations were made by aircraft each day in 2019. Since the pandemic started, these have dropped by 90%.
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just disrupted our lives. It has also challenged the way we forecast the weather.