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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These animations and images help provide the answer The Atlantic hurricane season started with a bang, but since then?
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.
After months of record-setting warmth culminating in extremely high temperatures last week, much of Alaska was primed for wildfire.
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.
First the Sun develops a big hole, and now it's flipping end over end. But once again, not to worry — all is well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feasting on unusually warm Pacific Ocean waters, fearsome Super Typhoon Nepartak is churning directly toward Taiwan, where it is forecast to make landfall tomorrow.
From a trail near my house along Colorado's Front Range, the majestic Rockies ordinarily stand out in clear relief against blue Western skies.
Earlier this week, NASA released its monthly analysis of global average temperatures — and now NOAA has followed with its own.
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.
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.