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Floods, Famine, Frosts … and Frankenstein

July 28th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Nicholas Klingaman No one who lived through the extreme climate of 1816 understood what caused the months of seemingly endless rain in Europe, the June snowstorms in New England or the severe drought in the eastern U.S. that convinced many farmers to sell their land and move west. All they knew was the weather […]

Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms

July 21st, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Oscar Martínez-Alvarado Some scientists are weird people. Take me as an example. It is summer, the sun is shining out there. Yet here I am, longing for autumn and winter and the storms they bring. Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy the sunshine, just waiting to go to the next BBQ. But while […]

A storm by any other name … ?

July 14th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Tom Frame Tropical cyclones have featured heavily in the weather news over the past couple of weeks. Last week the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season (Arthur) struck the eastern seaboard of the USA. This week Typhoon Neoguri (Korean for Racoon Dog) hit southern Japan. Just in these first two sentences I […]


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