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Why Hurricane Michael’s Storm Surge Is So High

After gathering strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight, Hurricane Michael blasted across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, pummeling the area with winds up to 155 miles per hour. That makes the Category 4 hurricane one of the all-time strongest landfalls in US history. Earlier today, ...

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With Harvey, Addicks and Barker Dams Face a Perfect Storm

Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are swaths of placid Texas prairie, wetland, and forest straddling I-10 where it hits Highway 6, about 20 miles west of downtown Houston. But that’s not how nature sees them. To nature, those two open spaces are the top of a hydrological basin that drains through ...

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Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune

Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be ...

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Florida’s Flood Control Says Not Today to Tropical Storm Hermine

Someday, the seas will rise and Florida will drown. But does Florida—facing oblivion by climate change, looked upon with pity by the rest of the country, the subject of torrential tongue-clicking chronicles of its death foretold—give up? No. When a tropical storm like Hermine threatens inundation, Florida says not today. ...

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NASA telescopes detect Jupiter-like storm on small star

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a tiny star with a giant, cloudy storm, using data from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The dark storm is akin to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: a persistent, raging storm larger than Earth. “The star is the size of Jupiter, and its ...

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