Tag: Weather

The Most Powerful Lightning Strikes in Unexpected Places

The average lightning strike can pack a punch. But then there are superbolts. First identified in the 1970s by satellites designed to monitor nuclear explosions, they can be thousands of times more energetic than normal lightning. But you’re even less likely to be struck by one: Scientists have mined data from the roughly 80 sensors […]

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Tropical Storm Imelda Approaches Houston

Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon and began moving slowly toward Houston, as schools canceled classes and forecasters warned of heavy rain and “life-threatening flash flooding.” Heavy rain was already falling in parts of Houston on Tuesday evening. The National Hurricane Center said that Imelda was expected to dump six […]

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Weather Radars Reveal an 80 Percent Chance of … Dragonflies?

If it seems that bugs are buzzing around more often and in greater numbers lately — whether swarms of ladybugs over California or hoverflies streaming in and out of England by the billions — it may simply be that radar technology is getting more efficient. On Monday, Doug Kahn, a meteorologist at the National Weather […]

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The New Architecture: Sky Parks, Tidal Pools and ‘Solar Carving’

Can buildings be more porous, more open to the vitality of the surrounding city? As with the creation of the great urban parks of the 19th century, designers today are rebalancing the relationship between architecture and nature, with the goal of increasing the quality of life, especially in urban settings. Sometimes this means erasing boundaries […]

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All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.

CALERA, Ala. — It had been a sleepy Sunday morning in the National Weather Service’s office outside of Birmingham. The hot temperatures in the forecast were not out of the ordinary for the waning days of summer. There was a faraway tropical storm that the office was keeping an eye on — one with the […]

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Bahamas, Still Reeling From Dorian, Braces for Tropical Storm Humberto

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas, still reeling from a hurricane that leveled businesses and left many thousands homeless, was bracing for yet another storm on Saturday that could further batter the same islands that were devastated less than two weeks ago. The new storm, Tropical Storm Humberto, was not expected to be as destructive as […]

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Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds — heading for a small scientific agency caught up in a political mess triggered by President Trump’s tweet about Hurricane Dorian. […]

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Potential Tropical Storm Threatens Bahamas Rescue Efforts

A potential tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic and by late Friday could threaten areas of the Bahamas recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian, forecasters warned. The new storm is not expected to pack nearly the destructive power of Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that killed at least 50 people and left widespread damage across […]

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White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events. Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to […]

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Maps Don’t Lie

I’m still stuck on Sharpie-gate. Sorry. But, so is Donald Trump. On Sunday, Sept. 1, as Hurricane Dorian approached, Trump tweeted: “In addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” He repeated the erroneous assertion during a FEMA briefing that day, saying: “And, […]

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A Presidential Storm Leaves Forecasters Rebuked

WASHINGTON — The hurricane was accelerating away from the Mid-Atlantic coast. In the Bahamas, victims were picking through the devastation. In the Southeast, they were cleaning up debris. And in Washington, President Trump waged war over his forecasting skills. On Friday, for the sixth straight day, Mr. Trump continued his relentless campaign to prove that […]

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Hurricane Dorian Rakes the Carolinas and Barrels Northeast: Live Updates

The latest updates: Video The Carolina coast is being hit by heavy rain and strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian on Thursday, while rescue efforts continue in the Bahamas.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times Dorian lashed the Carolinas, causing power losses and flooding. Hurricane Dorian pounded much of the Carolina coast […]

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Hurricane Dorian Becomes a Carolina Problem With a Fierce Lashing of the Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After its deadly rampage across the Bahamas and brush of the Florida coast, Hurricane Dorian pounded the coastal Carolinas on Thursday, sowing fear and worry from the elegant streets of downtown Charleston to the jigsaw-puzzle that is North Carolina’s barrier islands. Though thousands of residents had evacuated the region at the urging […]

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What Will Turn Hurricane Dorian? How Wide Is the Eye? Your Questions Answered.

As Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, continues to batter the Bahamas and approach the United States mainland, millions of people who may be in its path are watching — and worrying. We asked readers what they want to know about Dorian. Answering those questions is Prof. Adam Sobel, […]

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How Has Climate Change Affected Hurricane Dorian?

The links between hurricanes and climate change are complex, but some aspects are getting clearer. Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat — and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become […]

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In Bahamas, Rescue Efforts Crippled in ‘Crisis of Epic Proportions’

Desperate residents stranded on rooftops amid swirling currents. Rescue efforts stalled by flooded vehicles and roads turned to rivers. Communications in ruins and basic infrastructure — including shelters, hospitals and public buildings — under water. And all around, vicious winds and crashing waves brought on by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded […]

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Category 5 Storm Batters Bahamas

Here’s what you need to know: Video The storm made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 180 miles per hour.CreditCreditGuardian News, via YouTube Dorian’s path is projected to shift east. Hurricane Dorian remained a catastrophic Category 5 storm early Monday morning as it moved over the […]

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