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Close-up videos capture big, beautiful explosion on the Sun

A buildup of intensely tangled magnetic energy on the Sun suddenly let go two days ago, unleashing a massive explosion of radiation and super-hot plasma.

The Sand Fire near L.A. has doubled in size, and with dry, gusty winds, extreme fire behavior is forecast today

With temperatures up to 97 degrees, humidity down at just 10 percent, and winds gusting as high as 30 miles per hour, the weather forecast today is not what firefighters battling the Sand Fire near Los Angeles might have hoped for.

Satellite images capture California's Sand Fire, blazing north of Los Angeles, and the Sobranes Fire near the Big Sur coast

Hot, dry and windy weather is fanning the flames of two California wildfires this evening, one just north of Los Angeles and the other near Carmel.

Amazing time-lapse video of the Sand Fire now blazing in northern Los Angeles County

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h1gEDHX5N0 The Sand Fire started yesterday at about 2 p.m. near Santa Clarita, California and has since exploded to 11,000 acres in hot and dry conditions, according to the latest report on InciWeb.

A blanket of smoke from fires in Siberia is so huge it can be seen from nearly 1 million miles away in space

It's a tad faint, but a smudge of smoke is clearly visible in the image below, captured by a spacecraft in deep space The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft hovers between the Earth and Sun, keeping a constant eye on our planet's sunlit side from about a million miles away.

Huge amounts of heat are available to fuel Atlantic hurricanes, yet nothing's happening. What's going on?

These animations and images help provide the answer The Atlantic hurricane season started with a bang, but since then?

The first half of 2016 was the warmest such period by far in a record dating back 137 years

Global warming continues, but with El Niño's passing, Earth's fever has moderated a bit This past month nudged out June 2015 as the warmest on record, according to data just released by NASA.

Flame broiled Alaska: With soaring temperatures and crackling lightning, wildfires erupt across the state

After months of record-setting warmth culminating in extremely high temperatures last week, much of Alaska was primed for wildfire.

In case you missed it: Juno's first view of Jupiter from orbit

The image above is the Juno spacecraft's first view of Jupiter and some of its moons after it entered orbit around the gas giant on July 4th.

Why is the Sun spinning like a pinwheel?

First the Sun develops a big hole, and now it's flipping end over end. But once again, not to worry — all is well.

Latest forecast is less bullshish on La Niña

Even so, there's still better than a 50/50 chance that this weather-influencing phenomenon will emerge during fall and winter In the latest forecast, La Niña — the cool opposite to El Niño — is still favored to develop by winter.

Outer solar system survey strikes, well, ice: New dwarf planet orbiting beyond Neptune is discovered

It all began with a small dot moving across a computer screen. That dot has now turned out to be a new dwarf planet, temporarily dubbed "RR245." It's a chunk of rock and ice about two thirds the size of California (north to south) orbiting amidst other small, icy worlds in the nether reaches of the solar system beyond Neptune.

What's up with that huge dark hole in the Sun?

Not to worry, everything's under control Every once in awhile, the Sun develops a huge "hole" — a dark patch in its outer atmosphere, or corona, like the one visible above.

Arctic sea ice: yet another record falls

June's extent of sea ice was the lowest on record for the month With the exception of March, every month so far this year has set a record low for the extent of Arctic sea ice.

Super Typhoon Nepartak storms ashore in Taiwan

The potentially devastating cyclone threatens flooding and landslides As I'm writing this at 2:30 pm on Thursday in Colorado, Super Typhoon Nepartak is reported to be storming ashore on the southeastern coast of Taiwan with wind gusts up to about 180 miles per hour.

As Nepartak takes dead aim on Taiwan, amazing satellite videos show the super typhoon swirling in the Pacific Ocean

Feasting on unusually warm Pacific Ocean waters, fearsome Super Typhoon Nepartak is churning directly toward Taiwan, where it is forecast to make landfall tomorrow.

With soaring temperatures in the forecast, risks rise from California's Sherpa Fire, and other blazes across the West

From a trail near my house along Colorado's Front Range, the majestic Rockies ordinarily stand out in clear relief against blue Western skies.

NOAA confirms it: temperatures across Earth's land and sea surfaces are still running at record highs

Earlier this week, NASA released its monthly analysis of global average temperatures — and now NOAA has followed with its own.

Here's what the brutal heat wave now setting up across a large part of the U.S. looks like — in four simple graphics

I created the animation above to show how the heat wave coming to a large portion of the United States is forecast to evolve between now and Tuesday.

Going, going, GONE — California's snowpack has vanished

A premature melt-out has replenished reservoirs, but with a drying La Niña probably coming, California's water woes are far from over After El Niño failed to deliver salvation from California's epic drought, it has now come to this: Statewide, snowpack is down to just 6 percent of normal for this time of year.


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