Nature

Taking on SeaWorld: Let the Voyage Begin

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” Gandhi observed. He didn’t intend it as PR analysis, but it comes to mind as...

Norfolk: A Sinking City

Norfolk, Virginia, sits in a precarious spot. Sea levels around the city of 243,000, home to the country’s largest naval base, are rising faster than elsewhere on the East Coast. Tide...

The Longest-Range Weather Forecast

We’ve come a long way with the science of weather prediction. A five-day forecast today is as accurate as a one-day forecast was in the 1970s. Heavy snowfall predicted 12...

Wave Prophet: World Surfari's David Scard

OUTSIDE: One hundred percent—how do you do it?SCARD: I look at the synoptics on various public meteorological websites. Synoptics show surface-pressure gradients,...

How to Get Hyperlocal Forecasts

Forecasts in most cities are determined by readings from a NOAA-approved weather station, usually at the nearest airport. Depending on your location, that distance could be the difference...

Precision Forecasting: Where to Find It

OpenSnow Tracks snowstorms for skiers and boarders. Cost: Basic membership is free. Pro accounts, $20 or $45 a year, get you add-ons like access to...

Snowstradamus: Powder Afficionado Joel Gratz

Joel Gratz is making me nervous. It’s midmorning on a snowy Colorado day in March, and we’re riding the Sun Up triple chair in Vail’s Back Bowls. Gratz has scooched his butt to...

The World's Weirdest Weather—Explained

It's not just tornadoes and hurricanes we need to worry about anymore. The weather is changing in ways that can be strange and frightening, fascinating and wild. These bizarre phenomena make...

Weirdest Weather: Haboobs

WHAT: A roiling wall of sand and dust up to a mile high and moving at speeds up to 60 miles per hour....

Weirdest Weather: Waterspouts

WHAT: An up to 8,000-foot-high swirling column of air – sometimes containing a visible funnel cloud – that can move at 30 knots and create winds of 200 miles per...

Surviving an Alligator Attack

Alligators are the most common crocodilian in the United States. More alligator attacks have been reported in Florida

Examining the Arizona Wildfire Deaths

Nothing changes the direction of a wildfire quicker than a thunderstorm, and that is most likely what happened this past Sunday afternoon. As the sharp line of storms moved down canyons toward...

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