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Stunning Images of Mars Reveal Vistas That Are Eerily Reminiscent of Landscapes Here on Earth

The redrock canyons and up-tilted strata of eastern Utah form some of my favorite landscapes on Earth.

WATCH: Landfall of Super Typhoon Noul. Plus: Ana Becomes Strongest Tropical Storm to Hit U.S. This Early in the Year

Super Typhoon Noul roared ashore on the extreme northeastern corner of the island of Luzon in the Philippines at about 4:45 p.m.

Ana and Noul: A Tale of Two Cyclones

Tropical Storm Ana is headed for landfall in the Carolinas early on Sunday morning. You can see the cyclone swirling near the coast in the image above shot from the International Space Station.

Snowpack in the West "isn't just low — it's gone"

The quotation in the headline for this post is the assessment of David Garen, a hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Double Typhoon Trouble in the Western Pacific, Plus a Brewing Storm in the Atlantic Ocean

As Typhoon Noul continues to spin up in the western Pacific Ocean, posing a distinct threat to the Philippines this weekend, a big tropical depression to the east is growing and stands a high chance of developing into a "significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours," according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

WATCH as a Massive Eruption of Incandescent Plasma Explodes Far Into Space From the Sun

An elongated filament of plasma suspended above the Sun by titanic magnetic forces suddenly broke free on April 28 and 29, 2015.

House GOP to Humanity on Global Warming: Put on This Blindfold and Keep Marching

In case you haven't heard, Republicans have pushed through a spending measure in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would slash more than $300 million from NASA's Earth science programs.

Entire City of Kathmandu and Surroundings May Have Been Thrust More Than Two Feet Upward by Nepal Earthquake

One aspect of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Kathmandu and surrounding areas in Nepal became dramatically evident almost immediately: The violent shaking caused monuments and an estimated 70,000 homes to come crumbling down.

Rush Limbaugh's Anti-Scientism: There He Goes Again

On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh popped a cork over tentative scientific evidence that Santa Catalina Island near Los Angeles may be sinking.

As 2015 Begins With Record Warmth, is the Pacific Primed to Dump Huge Amounts of Heat Into the Atmosphere?

It's official: According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the first quarter of 2015 has set a new record, with the January through March period coming in as the warmest such period on record across the globe's land and ocean surfaces.

"Bombogenesis": Watch as a Storm in the North Atlantic Explodes into a Powerful Cyclone

https://youtu.be/tbI_Dxo2zSA Want to cook up a nice meteorological stew called "bombogenesis" (otherwise known as explosive growth of an extratropical cyclone)?

Seen From Space: High Winds Kick up Big Dust Storm in Nevada and California

Last week I shared a dramatic animation showing a massive sand storm sweeping across the Arabian Peninsula and across the sea to India and Pakistan.

Winter Postcard from Antarctica: A Green Auroral Lightning Bolt From the Blue

A green lightning bolt zapping a British habitation module on Mars? Well, of course not. It's actually a display of the aurora australis setting the winter sky on fire above the Halley Research Station in Antarctica.

Odds of El Niño Continuing Through Summer Upped to 70%

In its monthly update, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center today said the odds of El Niño continuing into Northern Hemisphere summer have increased to 70 percent.

New Record Low for Arctic Sea Ice, Plus More Sobering News About Western U.S. Snowpack

The extent of Arctic sea ice in March hit a record low for the month in the satellite era, according to the latest update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Watch as a Massive Sandstorm Sweeps Across a Region Nearly as Large as the Contiguous United States

It began relatively modestly as a few plumes of sand blowing out of the northwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula.

North of Drought-Plagued California, Snowpack in the Cascades is at Record Lows Too

The news out of California this past Wednesday was so grim that it once again grabbed headlines away from another region that is suffering too.

Here We Go Again... Super Typhoon Maysak Swirls in the Overheated Pacific Ocean — And it Just Set a Record

Micronesia's Caroline Islands have been taking a beating today from Category 5 Super Typhoon Maysak. As of 2 p.m.

Watch the West's Snowpack Shrink Dramatically Right Before Your Eyes in Striking Satellite Image Animations

On March 18th, I posted a story about the other big drought story you need to pay attention to — not the one in California, which has been garnering most of the headlines but the one that has been afflicting the Colorado River Basin.

Antarctic Ice Shelves are Thinning Rapidly — and the Losses are Accelerating in West Antarctica

Yesterday, I posted a story about the Halley Research Station on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf. I titled it a "Winter Postcard from Antarctica," and it included photos and comments about life at the station from Tom Welsh, the wintertime manager there.


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