Today the National Weather Service reported that the May 31, 2013 EF-5 tornado that struck El Reno, Oklahoma (25 miles west of Oklahoma City), was the widest tornado on record. Measuring 2.6 miles across, it beat the previous 2.4-mile wide twister that hit Hallam, Nebraska on May 22, 2004. The Friday tornado and its resulting […]
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We knew that some storm chasers had been killed in Oklahoma last week but were not aware that storied storm chaser, Tim Samaras, one of the highly-respected stars of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers television series, was one of the victims of the May 31, 2013 twister. The twister that formed Friday near El Reno, Okla., […]
While the devastation from yesterday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma boggles the mind, the video below may prove even more astonishing. An unknown (but brave) videographer managed to capture not only the birth of the tornado in Newcastle, Oklahoma, but also its evolution from a small twister to the massive EF-5 monster that leveled homes and […]
New study goes back 11,300 years to chart Earth’s global temperature changes – things just got worse
A new study published by Science reconstructs global temperatures further back than any previous study, going back a whopping 11,300 years to study historic global temperature changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. The most notable study prior to this was Penn State University’s 1999 study which used tree rings to show a massive uptick in temperatures […]
On November 27, 2012, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this amazing image of a monster storm raging at Saturn’s north pole. Viewed from 361,000 kilometers away, the storm’s sinister eye looks quite similar to Earth-based hurricanes leading scientists to surmise that the ringed planet’s storms form in much the same way, with warm, moist air rising […]
World Bank warns 7-degree worldwide temperature rise is inevitable with dire consequences to mankind
The World Bank has issued a report, titled Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 degree C Warmer World Must Be Avoided”, in which it claims the planet is on course for seven-degree Fahrenheit (four-degrees Celsius) temperature rise that cannot be avoided with current greenhouse warming correction techniques. The report opens with this grave warning: […]
The MTA has released video of a walkthrough inside New York City’s South Ferry and Whitehall Street Subway station flooded by Superstorm Sandy.
Captivating time-lapse photography of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York City captures blackout and police activity
As Hurricane Sandy assaulted New York City with pelting rain and lashing winds, a camera atop Northside Piers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, chronicled the monster storm’s descent on Manhattan. In the video we see the blackout as it rolls across New York followed by swarms of flashing police lights zipping across the city in the dark.
Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast coast on October 29, 2012. Here’s the growing collection of pictures, video, and other interesting tidbits surrounding the infamous “Frankenstorm” event.
New York Subway system sits eerily empty as residents await Hurricane Sandy, aka “Frankenstorm” [PICTURES]
As Hurricane Sandy, aka “Frankenstorm”, approaches the Northeastern shores of the United States, New York City’s Mass Transit Authority closed all their transportation systems, including the infamous New York Subway system, leaving an eerily empty underground world that brings to mind what it would look like during the great apocalypse. Here are pictures of the […]
6 Italian scientists sentenced to 6 years in prison for failing to predict earthquake that killed 309 people
Six Italian scientists and one ex-government official have just been sentenced to six-years in prison for multiple manslaughter after failing to accurately predict deadly 2009 earthquake. The courts found that the scientists gave falsely reassuring statements after studying tremors that had shaken the Italian city of L’Aquila. The 6.3 magnitude quake killed 309 people.
The Permian-Triassic mass extinction occurred 252 million years ago. It is Earth’s most devastating mass extinction event with up to 96% of all marine species and 70% of land animals becoming extinct. Researchers now believe they know what caused it and why life took over 5 million years to recover – extreme, lethal temperatures up […]