Atmospheric sciences help us understand and predict the weather. Learn about topics such as the seasons, why it snows, and how rainbows are formed.
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Scientists Predict Record-breaking 2018 Hurricane Season
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
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
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
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
We've all seen shots of meteorologists fighting gale-force winds to report on storms. So just how high can the winds get before the reporters are knocked off their feet?
By John Perritano Mar 16, 2017
Earth's atmosphere used to be full of toxic hydrogen, but a brief period of methane smog cleared the way for valuable oxygen to set up shop.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 15, 2017
Midwestern night owls got a meteoric surprise this week.
By Jonathan Strickland Feb 6, 2017
The atmosphere protects those of us here on land from cosmic radiation. So what about those who spend time above the clouds?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 6, 2017
As Hurricane Matthew continues its deadly tour of the East Coast, HowStuffWorks Now explore all the ways these mega-storms can take you out.
By John Donovan Oct 7, 2016
Weather bombs have produced some of the most destructive storms on record. So what is one exactly?
By Julia Layton Sep 20, 2016
Herd animals stick together, but when there's a lightning storm, there may not be safety in numbers.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 2, 2016
More than two centuries ago, the biggest volcanic explosion in human history occurred. And it had far-reaching effects.
By Kate Kershner Aug 3, 2016
Florida Tech filmed lightning strikes with powerful cameras that show the strikes almost 30 times slower than real life.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 8, 2016
Once 5 miles wide, the Isle de Jean Charles has shrunk to be a spit of land barely a quarter mile wide. Soon it will no longer exist.
By John Donovan May 24, 2016
El Nino is anything but child's play when it comes to affecting the globe's weather — and, in turn, our economies, health and safety.
By Clint Pumphrey
Just because astronauts are in space doesn't mean they can't use Twitter. These images of the Northern Lights were shot by International Space Station crewmembers.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 26, 2016
Frogs! Fish! Birds! A surprising number of things have rained down from the sky besides water. But how?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
Smartphone cameras enable us to take striking pictures of strange atmospheric phenomena—though we don’t always know what we’re seeing.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 6, 2015
Thunder in the winter is a pretty cool phenomenon. It's unexpected, plus some say when you hear it, snow will arrive within seven days. If you hear thunder during the winter, should you get your snow shovel ready?
By Kate Kershner
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