The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat
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The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat

In early June, researchers from University of Illinois announced that their survey of public response to hurricanes showed a clear gender bias. People perceived male-named storms to be more threatening. What’s more, they said that, inexplicably, female-named storms had in fact been more deadly. Their claims gained traction quickly in the media, but closer inspection suggested the bandwagon may have led the parade … Continue reading

Touchdown in the Transition Zone: tornados prefer change
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Touchdown in the Transition Zone: tornados prefer change

Tornados may be formed in the atmosphere, but if a recent study pans out, it’s the landscape that influences where they touchdown, specifically transitions between one type of landscape and another. According to researchers from Purdue University, severe tornado touchdowns appear to be more prevalent in areas where dramatically different landscapes meet— for example where … Continue reading

Can We Engineer our Climate? Should We?
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Can We Engineer our Climate? Should We?

Should we or shouldn’t we put mirrors in space, inject aerosols into the stratosphere, create clouds over the ocean or dump iron it? All of these things have been proposed as possible methods of combating rising global temperatures. They’re ideas that scientists, ethicists and policy makers are beginning to take seriously—for better or worse. Geoengineering, … Continue reading

Cycle of Violence in the Southern Ocean
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Cycle of Violence in the Southern Ocean

Roaring 40’s, furious 50’s and screaming 60’s are all names given to the mid-latitudes where the Southern Ocean surrounds Antarctica. For decades, scientists have been trying to discern a pattern in the atmospheric circulation above this region of the globe, which experiences some of the strongest storms the Earth can serve up. Now they have. … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes
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Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes

The rising voices of concern over increasing intensity of tropical cyclones may be drowning out an even more insidious threat from climate change—sea-level rise. Extreme events serve up obvious evidence for the impacts of a warming ocean. Storms such as typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Phillipines in November with record winds and storm surges exceeding … Continue reading

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AMS Fights Attempted Highjacking of their Message

Thanksgiving week: Just as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was preparing to release the results of a survey of member views on global warming, the politically motivated Heartland Institute donned the AMS cloak and sent out a press release of their own. That wouldn’t have been so surprising if they hadn’t included the AMS logo in their … Continue reading

Lightning Prefers Men Who Procrastinate
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Lightning Prefers Men Who Procrastinate

In a demographic survey of the 238 lightning-related deaths since 2006, the National Weather Service found that 82 percent of lightning victims in the U.S. were men. Apparently most lightning-related deaths occurred while people were just out having fun with fishing topping the list followed by camping, boating, soccer, and a long list of other activities that … Continue reading