Deanna Conners
Photo showing the eyewall of Hurricane Michael

How do hurricanes get their names?

The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2019 here.

Today in science: Bingham Canyon landslide

On April 10, 2013, one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the history of North America took place at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah.

What causes landslides and mudslides?

The trigger is usually water. Excessive rainfall can trigger landslides and mudslides because it’s heavy and adds extra weight to the land.

Photo showing a dramatic drop in water levels at Lake Mead.

How can US adapt to threat of water shortages?

A new study suggests that reductions in water use for agriculture might be the best bet for avoiding future water shortages in the U.S.

When is the next leap year?

If there were no leap years, eventually February would be a summer month for the Northern Hemisphere. 2019 isn’t a leap year, but 2020 will be.

Want cleaner roadside air? Plant hedges

To improve air quality near urban roads, scientists from the Global Centre for Clean Air Research recommend planting hedges that can trap air pollutants.

2 green birds with black beaks and orange heads perched on a leafless branch.

Join the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count

During the 2018 count, bird watchers from more than 100 countries submitted more than 180,000 bird checklists. This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count happens February 15-18. It is free and easy to participate. Find out how here.

Michael Peres on how to photograph snowflakes

An expert photographer of nature’s beauty on a minuscule scale, Michael Peres offers you tips on how you can photograph snowflakes.

How snowflakes get their shapes

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

Christmas Bird Count starts December 14

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in existence. How to participate.