We see the destruction that the Earth can unleash in the news on a regular basis. Here you can learn about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other forces of nature.
Meteotsunamis: How Winds Can Generate Catastrophic Waves
Earth Hits 400 Straight Months of Hot
Why Flash Floods Are So Dangerous
Fissures, Quakes and Lava: Explaining Kilauea's Volcanic Crisis
Both dry and over-saturated soil can contribute to flash flooding. Can anything be done to prevent them from becoming catastrophic?
By Mark Mancini Jun 14, 2018
Tsunamis are triggered by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on the ocean's floor. But other massive waves are caused by wind and can come on suddenly and without warning.
By Mark Mancini Jun 4, 2018
The evidence is clear: Human activities — like the burning of fossil fuels — are the main driving force behind modern climate change.
By Mark Mancini May 31, 2018
To date 14 massive fissures have opened up near Kilauea, and the Big Island has been rocked by repeated earthquakes. Do these geological events foreshadow a massive volcanic eruption?
By Mark Mancini May 10, 2018
We may not be able to hear infrasound, but we sure can use it to detect tornadoes.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 9, 2018
The mercury soared to over 122 degrees Fahrenheit in Nawkwabash, Pakistan. It could be the highest April temp ever recorded on the planet.
By Mark Mancini May 7, 2018
Scientists across the globe attempt to forecast upcoming hurricane seasons in the Atlantic. But how — and are they right?
By John Donovan Apr 16, 2018
Volcanic eruptions are loud. Very loud. But nobody's ever been able to capture the roar of the thunder they create. Until now.
By Mark Mancini Mar 30, 2018
The danger to the iconic statues is now greater than ever due to erosion and higher-energy wave action caused by climate change.
By Amanda Onion Mar 26, 2018
Red snow? Yes. It totally exists. And while it might look cool, it's not exactly what you want to see from Mother Nature.
By Mark Mancini Feb 15, 2018
Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.
By John Perritano Oct 17, 2017
California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.
By John Perritano Oct 16, 2017
New research digs into historic volcano fatalities to explore how, where and whom a volcano is most likely to kill.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 12, 2017
In the mid-20th century, lightning strikes killed hundreds of Americans each year. Now, that number's dropped to only a few dozen. What's changed?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 20, 2017
When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.
By John Perritano Sep 14, 2017
Words matter when talking about those seeking shelter from the storm. What's the difference between hurricane evacuees and refugees?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 12, 2017
Historic Hurricane Irma is being supercharged by the effects of climate change heating Earth's oceans.
By Ian O'Neill Sep 9, 2017
'You really can't describe to anybody what it's like to sit through a hurricane,' says Ruth Clark, who lived through Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
By Dave Roos Sep 7, 2017
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. How we categorize them has helped save lives.
By John Perritano Sep 7, 2017
The four seasons experienced by Earth's midlatitude regions are being gradually altered by global warming — but a climate expert says they won't completely go away.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 28, 2017
A new model describes in more detail how the Chicxulub asteroid affected our planet, from dropping temperatures to pausing photosynthesis, with soot playing an integral part.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 24, 2017
Researchers studying tornadoes use a common theory of economics to determine casualty rates.
By John Perritano May 30, 2017
Very specific atmospheric conditions and just the right perspective are necessary to see the phenomenon.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 11, 2017
Polar temperatures are changing more rapidly than equatorial ones, making the jet stream slower and wider, and extreme events longer-lasting.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 31, 2017
Explosive solar events are bad news for Earth, so it's good to keep an eye on space weather. Newly discovered "Rossby-like" waves could help them out with that big job.
By Ian O'Neill Mar 29, 2017
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