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California's drought in December, 2013. Photo by John Weiss.  See this photo on Flickr.
Science Wire | Feb 07, 2016

U.S. Southwest is drying

Researchers identified 12 weather patterns across the region. Over the past 30 years, the 3 patterns bringing rain to the U.S. Southwest became less frequent.

Image via University of Minnesota
Science Wire | Feb 03, 2016

The politico-economics of King Corn

Scott Fausti talks with EarthSky’s Ben Duval about the potential future of corn agriculture and its implications for environmental sustainability.

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Science Wire | Jan 30, 2016

Extremely loud, very close lightning strike

Caution! At full volume, the sound of the strike is so loud that it could damage speakers or affect hearing if headphones are used. Story and video by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Eotrachodon orientalis skull Image credit: Albert Prieto-Marquez, et al.
Science Wire | Jan 29, 2016

Extraordinary fossil find sheds light on duck-billed dinosaurs

Duck-billed dinosaurs lived 83 million years ago. They are sometimes called ‘the cows of the Cretaceous.’ A new fossil find reveals their origins.

Photo by John Lloyd Griffith
Science Wire | Jan 29, 2016

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

The sun and moon, the shape of a beach and larger coastline, the angle of a seabed leading up to land, and the prevailing ocean currents and winds all affect the height of the tides.

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Science Wire | Jan 29, 2016

How do snowflakes get their shape?

Depending on the temperature and humidity of the air where the snowflakes form, the resulting ice crystals will grow into a myriad of different shapes.

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2016

Greatest-ever debris flow video

It starts slowly, but then … whoa!

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2016

Is El Niño at its peak?

This year’s El Niño has likely reached its peak, say scientists, but given that Earth is hotter than in 135 years, there are no guarantees.

X-ray aurora caught by ESA's Integral space observatory on November 10, 2015.
Science Wire | Jan 26, 2016

X-ray view of Earth’s aurora

An ESA space observatory was looking for something else when it caught these X-ray images of an aurora.

A collection of the Witwatersrand diamonds. Image credit: Wits University
Science Wire | Jan 24, 2016

Ancient diamonds hold clues to primeval Earth

New insights into ancient Earth’s early structure from diamonds formed 3.5 billion years ago. A scientist called diamonds “the perfect little time capsules.”

January 24, 2016 6.8-magnitude earthquake in southern Alaska.  Image via USGS.
Science Wire | Jan 24, 2016

Magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Alaska

There were no reports of injuries, but the powerful earthquake left a fair amount of cleanup to do, plus some frightened people in Alaska.

Freezing rain in Kentucky. Image Credit: NWS/NOAA
Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

The science of freezing rain

The phenomenon of freezing rain: What causes the dangerous winter weather element that can paralyze cities.

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Science Wire | Jan 23, 2016

2015 hottest year on record, by far

“What we have seen this past year will likely be routine in about 15 years, although regionally the details will vary considerably,” says climate expert Kevin Trenberth.

(c) Joshua Nowicki Photoography
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

How to take photos of snowflakes

Try it yourself! With a little preparation and a good camera and with a macro lens, you can take your own photos of snowflakes.

View larger. | January 11, 2016. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jan 20, 2016

View from space: Mississippi River flooding

Two satellite images show the contrast between the flooded Mississippi River this month and the same area last year. Check out the difference!

Drought-affected corn in eastern Colorado, via
Science Wire | Jan 18, 2016

Extreme weather lowers global crop yield

Researchers found that extreme heat and drought between 1964 and 2007 account for about a 10% decline in global cereal crop production.

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Blogs | FAQs | Jan 18, 2016

What are cloud streets?

Cloud streets are long rows of cumulus clouds that are oriented parallel to the direction of the wind. Check out these cool images!

Mawson, McKay and David on January 16, 1909.
This Date in Science | Jan 16, 2016

This date in science: Near discovery of South Magnetic Pole

Like all Antarctic journeys in the early 1900s, the search for magnetic south was grueling. The outcome was unclear, but the effort is still remembered.

Image Credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly
Science Wire | Jan 13, 2016

Lifeform of the week: Puffer fish

Killer sushi, stoned dolphins, and zombies; the puffer fish is an animal steeped in scandal.

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Science Wire | Jan 12, 2016

2015 worst US wildfire year on record

Wildfires burned more than 10 million acres of land in the United States in 2015, a year marked by intense drought across much of the west.

Flooding in Clear Lake, California, March 1 1998, during the 1997-1998 ‘super’ El Niño event. Photo credit: Dave Gatley/FEMA
Science Wire | Jan 10, 2016

What to expect from El Niño

The third-recorded super El Niño is underway. Top climate expert Kevin Trenberth reports.