Scientists peers into the heart of a nighttime thunderstorm

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The heart of a nighttime thunderstorm, and new insights into how these storms form, revealed by Ed Bensman of the National Science Foundation. For more information: Credit: National Science Foundation

Barbara Jasny at the 2015 DOE JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

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Barbara Jasny, AAAS and Science Magazine, at the 10th Annual DOE JGI Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting held March 24-26, 2015 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

A briefing about severe storms

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Hurricanes, tornadoes and solar eruptions can have profound effects on America's economy, public safety and well-being. A briefing at the Senate Visitor's Center on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provided an overview of the current state of storm research.

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Snowflakes photographed by new high-speed camera

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In the late 1800's, Wilson Bentley and Gustav Hellmann began photographing snowflakes. Their photos would go on to spark the public's fascination with snowflakes. Today University of Utah engineer Cale Fallgatter and atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett are using a new camera system that photographs free-falling snowflakes. The technology behind the camera that revealed the intricate, imperfect beauty of snowflakes can now expose their potential danger. About three years ago, a new...

NCAR study points to increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels

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Local weather forecast warnings about unhealthy air could become much more common around the country. A recent scientific study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research warns of a whopping 70% increase in the number of days with unhealthy summertime ozone levels by the year 2050.

Science Behind the News: Tornadoes

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Tornadoes are violent, twisting columns of air with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour that can tear communities apart. Josh Wurman, an atmospheric scientist, explains that tornadoes develop in a special type of thunderstorm called a supercell, but that there are still mysteries to unravel.

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