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February 17, 2015

Urbanization May Affect the Initiation of Thunderstorms

A study that assessed the impact of urban land use on the initiation of thunderstorms from 1997 to 2013 in the humid subtropical region of the southeast United States found that so-called isolated convective initiation events occur more often over the urban area of Atlanta compared with its surrounding rural counterparts. The findings confirm that human-induced changes in land cover in tropical environments lead to more thunderstorm initiation events.

January 25, 2011

The 20th Century Reanalysis Project: A Time Machine for Climate Scientists

An international team of climatologists have created a comprehensive reanalysis of all global weather events from 1871 to the present day, and from the earth’s surface to the jet stream level.