Atmospheric

How To Predict Lightning Using AI

There is a saying that goes 'lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice' but it was never wise to bet your life on it. What it means is that getting hit at all is rare, for a human well over a 1 in 1,000,000 chance, but even if only 30 ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2021 - 11:59am

Warming And Clean Air Caused The Little Ice Age During The Renaissance

The Little Ice Age, lasting from early 15th to mid-19th centuries, was one of the coldest periods of the past 10,000 years- since the last real Ice Age ended. Why it happened is one of the persistent questions in historical climatology. The cold spell set ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2021 - 7:36pm

Air Pollution From Wildfires Can Do In One Day What PM2.5 'Virtual' Pollution Never Will

When you see a TV weather personality put up an air quality map for the last 10 years, it might make you believe that pollution is far worse than when you were young. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 10 2022 - 4:40pm

The Next Pollution Target Is Your Dryer Lint- Fabric Softener To The Rescue?

A new study says that drying a load of laundry in a machine releases "microfibers" into the air but chemicals made by a $76 billion company will save us. Microfibers? Is that a thing? Sure, we have defined healthy down to such an extent that no o ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 8 2022 - 9:26am

If Droughts Are Predictable Because They Self-Propagate, Not Planning For Them Is Irresponsible

Everyone knows droughts are bad. They increase risk of wildfires and damage life in the affected region. They are not always predictable, when I lived in Pennsylvania in the early 1990s there was a drought with no known mechanism involved, but they are oft ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 25 2022 - 2:22pm

Innovations In Air Filtration Technology

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Article - Mark Pierce - Jun 20 2022 - 10:10am

Observations From The Past Can Help Inform Climate Changes

Prior to the 1980s, most thermometers were both inaccurate and not placed using scientific methodology. But tree rings need time and ice cores even longer, which means for recent periods of time have to rely on observational claims and hope to control for ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 7 2022 - 1:20pm

Lightning, Not Utilities, Are Major Cause Of California Fires

California is primarily a desert and with no way to generate enough of its own electricity, the state must run power lines from other states through dry areas to keep a growing population in air conditioning. When wildfires occur the state routinely blames ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 8 2022 - 12:04pm

Invisible Air Pollution Can't Cause Obesity, But Epidemiologists Will Link It Anyway

The United States has some of the cleanest air in the world, at least when it comes to actual dangerous smog, PM 10- particulate matter 10 microns in size. It is a clear killer, at one point leading to the deaths of over 10,000 in London during a weather a ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 17 2022 - 1:48pm

Short Extreme Rainfall Events Are More Common- Climate Change Implicated

If you have ever visited or Florida or any place with rainfall extremes at sub-hourly timescales- short storms- residents joke that if you don't like their weather, wait five minutes and it will change. A new analysis says those changes may be happeni ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 10 2022 - 8:10pm