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The atmosphere is the key to life on Earth. This thin layer is what protects us from the hostile environment of space. Here you can learn all about the atmospheric sciences.

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What is St. Elmo's Fire?

Sometimes a lightning storm heralds sightings of St. Elmo's Fire. What causes the mysterious glow sailors interpreted as a sign of salvation?


Why is winter not happening?

 Why is winter not happening?

Why is winter not happening? Read why the Northern Hemisphere is still waiting for the winter cold to set in at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Countries with Perfect Climates Pictures

 Countries with Perfect Climates Pictures

Countries with perfect climates are almost impossible to find. Look at pictures of the top 10 countries with perfect climates here. See more »

10 Countries With Perfect Climates

 10 Countries With Perfect Climates

Our 10 countries with perfect climates reveals the best vacation destinations. Learn about the 10 countries with perfect climates on our website. See more »

Can we control the weather?

 Can we control the weather?

To control the weather we would have to come up with some technology straight out of science fiction. Find out if we can control the weather. See more »

Why can't scientists accurately predict the weather?

 Why can't scientists accurately predict the weather?

Can scientists accurately predict the weather, or is there still a lot of guessing going on? Find out if scientists can accurately predict the weather. See more »

Rainbow Pictures

 Rainbow Pictures

Rainbows are one of nature's most beautiful spectacles. Check out these rainbow pictures. See more »

Why do they use salt to melt ice on the road in the winter?

 Why do they use salt to melt ice on the road in the winter?

Road salt is used to melt ice in the winter. Learn about road salt in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

What does it mean when a barometer is rising or falling?

 What does it mean when a barometer is rising or falling?

A barometer is an instrument that is used to predict the weather. Learn about barometers in this article. See more »

Why is the sky blue?

 Why is the sky blue?

The sky is blue because of the way the Earth's atmosphere scatters light from the sun. Find out what makes the sky blue in this article. See more »

How Weather Works

 How Weather Works

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, rather than something that only affects your area. Read more about weather and the complex system behind it. See more »