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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.