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.
In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.
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.
Humans are not very sensitive to changes in air pressure, but they can have a big effect on the weather.
Not so long ago, people had no idea what would happen to them – and what they would see – once they ascended into the clouds.
Large, intense bushfires can pump so much heat into the atmosphere they form their own thunderstorm system. And that can make the weather on the ground even more dangerously unpredictable.
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.