A vast plume of Saharan dust blankets Havana, Cuba, June 24, 2020.
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From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.
A derecho moves across central Kansas on July 3, 2005.
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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.
Lagos residents need to know more about the risk of heavy storms.
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Lagos is vulnerable to heavy storms but the impact can be mitigated with better preparation.
Salvaging items from a destroyed home near Lebanon, Tenn., March 3, 2020, after tornadoes ripped across the state.
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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.
A woman takes part in an alternative summit of indigenous people during COP25.
Our research has brought us into contact with multiple communities whose lives are increasingly precarious thanks to climate change.
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.
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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.
A firestorm on Mirror Plateaun Yellowstone Park, 1988.
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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.
Studies on mortality in sub-Saharan Africa haven’t focused on the effects of climate change.
African countries need to take into account the effects environmental changes, like climate change, have on their ability to deal with food security, poverty reduction and lowering mortality rates.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.
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'Building back better' refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
It's hard to believe, but big storms and hurricanes are caused by tiny particles moving around in the atmosphere.
Blizzard conditions cover the Central and Northern Plains on March 13, 2019.
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What creates such dramatic storms across the US Great Plains? The key factors are topography and temperature differences.
Historic flooding in the Midwest, including this farm in Nebraska, has caused widespread damage.
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A climatologist who studies precipitation trends explains how climate change is projected to make flooding events in the Midwest more severe and more frequent.
A thunderstorm builds over the Karoo in South Africa.
Why is thunder so loud? It's because the amount of electrical energy that flows from the cloud to the ground is so enormous.
There are many reasons to be careful when there's a big storm. But there are also ways you can protect yourself to avoid lightning.
Hokusai’s great wave, woodcut, c.1829-33.
Recreating freak waves can tell us a lot about the nature of the sea.
Icy hailstones can do major damage, depending where they land.
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The future climate that scientists predict for the middle of the United States is one that will foster more hail events with bigger hailstones.
Farm near Seven Springs, North Carolina, surrounded by water on Oct. 25, 1999, nearly six weeks after Hurricane Floyd.
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Hurricanes in the southern US have caused widespread damage inland in recent decades, mainly through river flooding. But evacuations and stormproofing focus almost entirely on keeping people safe on the coasts.
Technology can only go so far in making sense of our vast and intricate atmosphere.
Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
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Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
Extreme weather led to starfish mass strandings along beaches in Kent and East Yorkshire.