Climate & Weather
Atmospheric sciences help us understand and predict the weather. Learn about topics such as the seasons, why it snows, and how rainbows are formed.
Stats Say Global Warming Helps Batters Slug Balls Over Walls
Why Ice Usually Freezes Cloudy, Not Clear
Earth's Early Atmosphere Was Briefly a Methane Haze
First Data-collecting Weather Drones Set to Launch in the U.S.
How Is Barometric Pressure Measured and Why?
How Weather Balloons Work
Can China control the weather?
HowStuffWorks Illustrated: Hurricane Categories
Does Thunder in the Winter Mean Snow is Coming?
10 Myths About Lightning
Home runs are on the rise in Major League Baseball, and scientists say that climate change is responsible for the uptick in huge hits.
Hurricanes can range in strength from Category 1 all the way to Category 5. Learn more about hurricane categories in this HowStuffWorks Illustrated video.
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.
The atmosphere protects those of us here on land from cosmic radiation. So what about those who spend time above the clouds?
There are certain steps you should take to protect yourself, your family and your home during a disaster. These are not those steps.
The most damaging hurricanes usually have female names. Is this a case of gender bias, or is some other force at work?
A very strong storm doesn't automatically mean death or destruction. You can improve the odds of surviving intact with reinforcements to your home. Plus, scientists are improving their forecast methods. Let's look at high-tech and low-tech storm alerts.
Auroras themselves aren't rare, but spotting one can be tricky: You need a clear, dark sky within one of the auroral zones. What are 10 spots that up the odds a bit?
By Julia Layton
We can put a person on the moon. We can zip particles around accelerators at insanely high speeds. But nope, we cannot tell you for sure whether you'll need that animal print umbrella tomorrow. Why not?
For three years, ending in the spring of 2007, the state of Texas experienced a terrible drought. When a large storm system settled over the state late that spring, many Texans rejoiced. But then the rain continued. And continued. For 45 days, it didn't stop.
Why does the sky get dark at night? Don't tell me it's just because the Earth rotates and the sun sets -- what I mean is, with all of its stars and other luminous bodies, why isn't the universe infinitely bright?
You may have noticed signs on the highway that warn "Bridge Ices Before Road." What causes this to happen?