Weather
Man and Machine Chase Tornadoes Across the U.S.

Man and Machine Chase Tornadoes Across the U.S.

By Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel  As tornadoes increase in range and frequency across the United States, a group of scientists has been using drones to better understand tornadoes and forecast them in an effort to save lives. Project TORUS has mobilized over 50 researchers and students to follow severe thunderstorms and collect enough data […]

Continue Reading 311 words
One Cool Thing: Summer Snow in Colorado Mountains

One Cool Thing: Summer Snow in Colorado Mountains

Summer snow is rare but that is just what happened in the mountains west of Denver on Friday, where nearly two feet fell on the first official day of summer.  According to CNN, Steamboat Springs, Colorado averages 0.1 inches of snow in June, with May 6 being the average last day of snowfall during a […]

Continue Reading 115 words
2.3 Million Unanswered Calls To FEMA

2.3 Million Unanswered Calls To FEMA

Just as Congress finally passed a $19B disaster relief law last week, then this news from Congress’ investigatory arm — The General Accounting Office — which issued a report stating, according to E&E News,that the Federal Emergency Management Agency “failed to answer 2.3 million phone calls to its disaster assistance helpline during an eight-week period […]

Continue Reading 366 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Stay in the know, empower yourself to be a #FriendOfThePlanet, sign up to receive ODP in your inbox each morning!

Acting on Climate (Literally) Will Save Lives, It’s Science!

Acting on Climate (Literally) Will Save Lives, It’s Science!

  According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, meeting the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals of keeping the rise of global average temperatures to 1.5° C could substantially mitigate heat-related mortality in U.S. cities. This new study is one of the first to investigate how future climate scenarios might impact heat-related fatalities in […]

Continue Reading 336 words
Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially began last Saturday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” year with nine to fifteen named storms, of which four to eight may strengthen to become hurricanes. Of those, two to four could be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.  The Pacific hurricane forecast is calling for an above-normal season for both the eastern and central Pacific regions. 

Continue Reading 540 words
Panama City Prepares for the Worst

Panama City Prepares for the Worst

June 1st marked the beginning of hurricane season, which for many Florida residents has returned far too quickly as they’re still struggling to recover from last season. In Panama City, FL residents are preparing for the worst, as last year brought Hurricane Michael and the near destruction of their town. After the disastrous impact of […]

Continue Reading 305 words
U.S. Midsection Stuck in “Spin” Cycle

U.S. Midsection Stuck in “Spin” Cycle

The Midwest and Great Plains have battled historic storms and flooding over the last few weeks seemingly “stuck” in a dangerous weather pattern — more than 250 tornadoes have struck since May 17, according to the Omaha World-Herald’s reporting from the National Weather Service, most happening in “swarms” of 25 or more at a time, including the latest deadly round in Dayton, Ohio yesterday.

Continue Reading 453 words
PDS Tornados in the Plains, Flood Waters Rise in Midwest

PDS Tornados in the Plains, Flood Waters Rise in Midwest

The weather forecasts in the southern Plain states on Sunday into Monday were ominous and the storm cells spawned approximately twenty tornados that damaged buildings and produced heavy rain, but there were no reported injuries, prompting some people to declare the storms a “bust.”

Continue Reading 434 words

Global Temps in April Second Warmest in Recorded History

According to the Japanese Space Agency and NASA, April was the second warmest since record-keeping began in 1891 — only April 2016 was warmer.   Axios’ Andrew Freeman reported yesterday that because March of this year was in the top 3 warmest, 2019 could be another year of record-breaking warmth. 

Continue Reading 397 words
Flooding in the U.S. is getting worse, what we can do to prepare

Flooding in the U.S. is getting worse, what we can do to prepare

Flooding in America is becoming more frequent and severe and as NPR recently explained in a video, “In some parts of the Midwest and East Coast, extreme rain has already increased more than 50% since the early 1900s.” Warmer air as a result of climate change holds more moisture and thus increases the potential for […]

Continue Reading 547 words
Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Flooding on the Mississippi River has now exceeded the “historic” 1993 flood, as Accuweather reported that the river officially crested at 22.70 feet at Rock Island, Illinois on Thursday night, which broke the previous record of 22.63 feet that was set on July 9, 1993, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at the Quad Cities Office. 

Continue Reading 495 words

Davenport Flooded by Mississippi River, Tornadoes Rock Midwest

The Mississippi River broke through a barrier and water rushed into downtown Davenport, Iowa, flooding offices and shops unexpectedly on Tuesday and remained flooded into Wednesday.  CNN reported that the flooding occurred when HESCO flood restraints holding back the bloated river suddenly broke, sending water rushing into the streets creating a lake in the midst of the downtown area, forcing first responders to evacuate people by boat.

Continue Reading 327 words