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When Hurricane Dorian, seen here from the International Space Station, stalled over the Bahamas in September 2019, its winds, rain and storm surge devastated the islands. NASA

What makes hurricanes stall, and why is that so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.
Rescue workers sift through debris after a mudslide that destroyed three homes on a hillside in Sausalito, Calif., Feb. 14, 2019, during an atmospheric river storm. AP Photo/Michael Short

Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.
The air up high is just really bad at ‘holding’ onto the radiation coming from the Sun, and the warmth passes straight through it on its journey toward the ground. Kevin Spencer/flicr

Curious Kids: why is air colder the higher up you go?

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.
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.
Debris in a boatyard in Mexico Beach, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the town. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File

Getting ready for hurricane season: 4 essential reads

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.
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.

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