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<p>Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the United States, is expected to reach the South Carolina coast on Saturday evening or early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said after upgrading the system from a tropical depression.</p><p></p>
<p>At least two people are dead and five others are missing after this week's torrential rains in Texas and Kansas, officials said Saturday, noting that though the threat of severe weather had lessened in Texas over the long holiday weekend, the focus is now on swollen rivers and waterways that are slowly rising and could flood homes.</p><p><br></p>
Lake Mead, America's largest man-made reservoir, has shrunk to its lowest level ever.&nbsp;
Lightning struck a football pitch in western Germany on Saturday, injuring 35 people, three of them seriously, news agency DPA reported.
Mars will make its nearest approach to Earth in 11 years, about 46.8 million miles away from our planet, according to NASA.
Tropical moisture will put outdoor Memorial Day plans in jeopardy from Washington D.C., to Boston on Monday.&nbsp;
From tornadoes in the Great Plains to a heat wave in India, this was the week in weather.
Already home to some of the most environmentally vulnerable populations on the planet, Africa looks to increasingly feel the sting of climate change through more frequent, widespread and intense heat waves. large,” Wehner said.
An important amino acid called glycine has been detected in a comet for the first time, supporting the theory that these cosmic bodies delivered the ingredients for life on Earth, researchers said Friday.Glycine, an organic compound contained in proteins, was found in the cloud around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's probe, Rosetta, said the study in the journal Science Advances.The discovery was made using an instrument on the probe, called the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) mass spectrometer. "This is the first unambiguous detection of glycine in the thin atmosphere of a comet," said lead author Kathrin Altwegg, principal investigator of the ROSINA instrument at the Center of Space and Habitability of the University of Bern.In addition to the simple amino acid glycine, the instrument also found phosphorus. The two are key components of DNA and cell membranes.Glycine has been detected in the clouds around comets before, but in previous cases scientists could not rule out the possibility of Earthly contamination. This time, however, they could, because the mass spectrometer directly detected the glycine, and there was no need for a chemical sample preparation that could have introduced contamination."The multitude of organic molecules already identified by ROSINA, now joined by the exciting confirmation of fundamental ingredients like glycine and phosphorus, confirms our idea that comets have the potential to deliver key molecules for prebiotic chemistry," said Matt Taylor, Rosetta project scientist of the European Space Agency ESA."Demonstrating that comets are reservoirs of primitive material in the Solar System, and vessels that could have transported these vital ingredients to Earth, is one of the key goals of the Rosetta mission, and we are delighted with this result."Scientists have long debated the question of whether comets and asteroids brought the components of life to Earth by smashing into oceans on our planet.More than one hundred molecules have been detected on comets and in their dust and gas clouds, including many amino acids.Previous data from Rosetta has shown that water on Comet 67P/C-G is significantly different from water on Earth, suggesting that comets did not play as big a role in delivering water as once thought.However, the latest finding shows "they certainly had the potential to deliver life's ingredients," said a statement by the University of Bern.
The 2015-16 El Niño has likely reached its end. Tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures, trade winds, cloud and pressure patterns have all dropped back to near normal, although clearly the event’s impacts around the globe are still being felt. Recent...
U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years.&nbsp;
A tornado that raked the northern Kansas landscape for about 90 minutes was impressive both for its classic "wedge" shape and its sheer endurance — staying on the ground about 10 times longer than the typical twister.
A joint report released by Unesco, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists
<p>New stars and other amazing photos from space this week.</p>
<p>Millions of people in the central United States dealing with relentless severe thunderstorms and downpours will have to continue to weather the volatile pattern a while longer.</p>
Texas can't seem to catch a break. In the past two years, Texas has ranked first in the U.S. for most hail damage, seen its costliest hailstorm in history and reports of hail continue to rise. In the first five months of this year, 602 unofficial reports of hail in Texas have been made to the National Weather Service, an amount that has nearly surpassed the 783 reports from 2015 in just five months. RELATED: Photos show ...
CHAPMAN, Kan. — Severe weather spawning numerous tornadoes roiled large stretches of Kansas for a second day Thursday, prompting residents to anxiously watch the skies but causing only scattered damage in rural areas and no injuries...
<p></p><p>Everyone knows not to look directly at the sun. It's dangerous, and besides, that's what we have NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) for.</p>
Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, has once again erupted, spewing red torrents of lava into the sky.
The Arctic is heating up, with temperatures that are well above normal at the start of summer this year.&nbsp;
A tornado ripped through several homes Wednesday night near Chapman, Kansas. There have been no reports of injuries.
Earth is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind place. To remind you of this, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful and mesmerizing pictures of our home planet. These images will make you fall in love with earth all over again.
<p>Mars is emerging from an ice age that began almost 400,000 years ago, according to a new study. Studying the Martian climate and how it changes over time can help scientists better plan future missions to Mars and even understand climate change here on Earth, the study authors say.</p>
A new experiment looking at clouds is about to change the way we think about climate change. For decades, scientists have thought that the tiny particles that form clouds — and play a big role in keeping the planet cool —...
NOAA Tsunami striking Hilo, Hawaii in 1946 This 1946 photo shows a pier being destroyed in Hilo, Hawaii, a disaster that catalyzed the formation of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, according to NOAA.&nbsp;
The Florida Institute of Technology captured the birth of a lightning strike by recording it at 7,000 frames per second using a high-speed camera. Watch the natural phenomenon from the start to finish.
Skywatcher Chris Schur was able to glimpse the comet in this stunning image with his naked eye just after capturing it on camera.
<p>About 30 tornadoes were reported on Tuesday in five different states from Michigan to Texas.</p>
Recently Phalodi, in India, suffered temperatures topping 124 °F&nbsp;(51 °C). We count down the&nbsp;hottest places on Earth in history.
Climate change may not have been to blame for an abrupt recent slowdown of a sweeping Atlantic Ocean current, a change that delivered an intense pulse of ocean warming and sea level rise through the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere along the East Coast.&nbsp;
Good news for surfers and picnickers, bad news for pallid folk who color like steamed crabs when exposed to the sun: Vast portions of the U.S. could get blasted with abnormal warmth this summer, including probable heat-magnets like New England, the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska.
AccuWeather storm chaser, Brandon Sullivan, reports from Kansas with huge tornado right behind him, on May 24.
We're now more than halfway through spring. If you head outside during the evening hours and look skyward, you'll notice that the spring night sky is...
New video from Volcán Popocatépetl shows an explosion of ash on Tuesday, May 24. Local reports say the Mexican volcano has been spewing vapor and gas. Credit: YouTube/webcamsdemexico
Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital.Such alerts automatically double from 20 percent to 40 percent the proportion of vehicles not allowed to circulate on a weekday.
Residents of Billings, Montana, are used to extreme weather – but a storm raining cats, dogs and pigs? Rick Lindholm captured this footage of a pig running down the sidewalk during an intense hailstorm on Saturday, May 21. The Billings Gazette reported that hail from Saturday’s storm was strong enough to break windshields and damage trees. Credit: Rick Lindholm
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are testing ways to protect Earth from potentially dangerous asteroids. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
<p>Meteorologists get a bad rap. They’re right up there with doctors as the most visible scientists in society, but their work is routinely badmouthed and unappreciated by so many people who benefit from it every day. “They get paid for being wrong half the time!” is a common insult, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The vast majority of forecasts are very accurate these days—a three-day forecast today is as accurate as a one-day forecast was during the waning years of the Cold War—but some predictions can still go awry.</p>
Ray Hornsay Burning Coals Temperature records are being broken left and right. But what is the endgame here? In a study published today in Nature Climate Change researchers looked into what would happen if all the remaining fossil fuels on Earth were burned, releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide (carbon) into the air. Estimates of how much carbon would be released if all the fossil fuels were burned vary, but for this study, the researchers estimated that an additional 5 trillion tons of carbon would be released into the atmosphere. With that amount of carbon in the atmosphere, the researchers predict that by the year 2300, the average temperature around the world will rise by 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Arctic, the researchers predict that the temperature change will be even more pronounced, rising an estimated 30.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300. In addition, the models predict that precipitation patterns around the world would shift dramatically, increasing in the tropical Pacific, and decreasing in Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean, and the Amazon. The study lines up with other research published a few months ago that showed that if all fossil fuels were burned, ice caps around the world would melt, raising sea levels by as much as 200 feet.
<p>Here's a look at fantastic images of rain around the world.</p>
Officials and enthusiasts believe the sirens continue to serve the public safety even with the rise of smartphones, social media and text alerts.
<p>The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season runs from the beginning of June until the end of September and we look at famous people who share their names with this season's hurricanes.</p>
May 23, 2016; 11:26 AM ET Take a look at this crazy footage showing a tornado touching down near Big Spring, Texas on May 22, as a family takes cover under a bridge.
(Bloomberg) -- Think of it as Mother Nature’s roller-coaster ride: the shift between the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina that, at their worst, can cause havoc worldwide.&nbsp;
<p>Southern Asia is on the tail-end of one of the worst heat waves seen in this region of the world in modern history, with several countries over the past few weeks measuring the hottest temperatures they’ve ever recorded. The historic warmth started in southeastern Asia during the middle of April, and the stifling heat has spread into India in recent days.</p>
Indonesian rescuers are searching for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing at least seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.
Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis returned Monday to wind-battered villages and rain-soaked fields after a strong storm pummeled the coast and killed at least 26 people over the weekend.
Whimsical cloud vortices dot the sky in a new satellite image of an island volcano. The shot, captured by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat...
Sea level rise is potentially one of the most damaging results of climate change.
Last year, New York City faced an unusual situation. An epic winter in the city’s Delaware River watershed brought heavy snow and very little rain. 
Crucial Nevada reservoir at lowest point since Hoover Dam was built in 1936; water managers plan to let it drop further
<p>Along the mid-Atlantic coast, where waters are rising quickly, marshes are on the march, consuming forestland, farms and yards. “Habitats are changing fast here,” said Matt Whitbeck, a biologist at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, where dead trees still jut from young marshes. Newly published modeling shows that a looming acceleration in sea level rise could further accelerate the spread of marshes worldwide.</p>
2011 was one of the deadliest years for tornadoes as several ripped through Alabama, Missouri and several states throughout the year.
<p>The jewels in the Crown of the Continent are vanishing. The glistening ice fields for which Glacier National Park is named are retreating higher into their alpine valleys. Of the approximately 150 glaciers present in 1850, only 25 remain big enough to be considered functional glaciers today. A computer-based climate model predicts that some of the largest will vanish by 2030. The predicted loss of glaciers in Glacier is both ironic and iconic, for no other reason than that they are the namesake of one of our oldest, grandest, most famous, and wildest national parks.</p>
Over the course of his career, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Reed Timmer has witnessed up close some of the most chaotic and extreme...
<p>There is a 9 percent chance of a magnitude-9 earthquake off the Aleutian Islands within the next 50 years – and this could spell trouble for Hawaii, say researchers.</p>
<p>Black holes are the only objects in the universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force. Scientists believe they are formed when the corpse of a massive star collapses in on itself, becoming so dense that it warps the fabric of space and time. And any matter that crosses their event horizons, also known as the point of no return, spirals helplessly toward an unknown fate. Despite decades of research, these monstrous cosmological phenomena remain shrouded in mystery. They're still blowing the minds of scientists who study them. Here are ten reasons why.</p>
Researchers seek to raise at least $100,000 to study the star, whose erratic behavior triggered frenzied speculation about "alien megastructures" orbiting it.
Odds are increasing that 2016 will be the hottest year on the books, as April continued a remarkable streak of record-warm months. Last month was rated as the warmest April on record by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released their data this week. In the temperature annals kept by NOAA, it marked the 12th record warmest month in a row. How global temperatures have differed from average so far this year. Click image to enlarge. Credit: NOAA Global temperatures have been hovering around 1.5°C (2.7°F) above pre-industrial averages — a threshold that’s being considered by international negotiators as a new goal for limiting warming. While an exceptionally strong El Niño has provided a boost to temperatures in recent months, the primary driver has been the heat that has built up from decades of unabated greenhouse gas emissions. Nearing 1.5°C NOAA announced its temperature data for April on Wednesday, with the month measuring 1.98°F (1.1°C) above the 20th century average of 56.7°F (13.7°C). It was warmer than the previous record-hot April of 2010 by 0.5°F (0.3°C). NASA’s data showed the month was about the same amount above the average from 1951-1980. The two agencies use different baselines and process the global temperature data slightly differently, leading to potential differences in the exact temperatures anomalies for each month and year. Both agencies’ records show that global temperatures have come down slightly from the peaks they hit in February and March, which ranked as the most anomalously warm months by NASA and NOAA, respectively. Climate Central has reanalyzed the temperature data from recent months, averaging the NASA and NOAA numbers and comparing it to the average from 1881-1910 to show how much temperatures have risen from a period closer to preindustrial times. The analysis shows that the year-to-date temperature through April is 1.45°C above the average from that period. Governments have agreed to limit warming this century to less than 2°C from pre-industrial times and are exploring setting an even more ambitious goal of 1.5°C, which temperatures are currently close to. “The fact that we are beginning to cross key thresholds at the monthly timescale is indeed an indication of how close we are getting to permanently exceeding those thresholds,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State, said in an email. A year-to-date look at 2016 global temperatures compared to recent years. Click image to enlarge. It will take a significant effort to further limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to realize those goals, experts say. Carbon dioxide levels at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii are already poised to stay above 400 parts per million year-round. They have risen from a pre-industrial level of 280 ppm and from 315 ppm just since the mid-20th century. Hottest Year? As El Niño continues to rapidly decay, monthly temperature anomalies are slowly declining. They are still considerably higher than they were just last year, the current title-holder for the hottest year on record. Given the head start this year has over last, there is a more than 99 percent chance that 2016 will best 2015 as the hottest year on the books, according to Gavin Schmidt, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which keeps the agencies temperature data. If 2016 does set the mark, it will be the third record-setting year in a row. It is likely, though, that the streak would end with this year, as a La Niña event is looking increasingly likely to follow El Niño, and it tends to have a cooling effect on global temperatures. But even La Niña years today are warmer than El Niño years of previous decades — a clear sign of how much human caused-warming has increased global temperatures. In fact, the planet hasn’t seen a record cold year since 1911.
An amazing new Mars image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows clouds, craters, ice caps and other features...
Does up-close tornado chasing set a bad example that puts lives at risk?
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.Carbon dioxide levels increased by 4.16 parts per million in April compared to a year earlier, according to readings at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Until this year, the biggest increase was 3.7 ppm. Records go back to 1950.April's...
<p>You might be up to speed on international idioms to describe heavy rain, but how about the way people across the U.S. talk about it? We’ve teamed up with the editors at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) to bring you 11 imaginative regional idioms for heavy rain that go way beyond cats and dogs.</p>
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