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Study: China Manipulated the
Weather for Centenary Event
Dec 6, 2021 9:07 AM CST
Study: China Manipulated the Weather for Centenary Event
Country used cloud seeding to lower air pollution, bring about clear skies, say researchers
- As the 100th anniversary of China's Communist Party approached in July, the government wanted to make sure that the event was pulled off without a hitch—including ensuring there was good weather for the big day. Which is why researchers out of Tsinghua University are now saying that officials...
Sep 14, 2020 11:23 AM CDT
Something Weird Is Happening on Venus
Chemical associated with biological life is detected in the clouds
- Astronomers have found something unexpected in the clouds of Venus—a chemical usually associated with biological life. Does this mean there's life on Venus? Nope, far from it, explains the
MIT Technology Review
. But the gist from coverage is that the discovery is extremely intriguing. In their paper in...
For the First Time in 3 Decades,
We Have New Clouds
Mar 23, 2017 11:47 AM CDT
For the First Time in 3 Decades, We Have New Clouds
World Meteorological Organization cloud atlas updated for first time since 1987
- Look up in the sky: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a … volutus, or is that an asperitas? If you're not sure what kind of cloud you're seeing above your head, consult the World Meteorological Organization's International Cloud Atlas , newly updated just...
Clouds Aren't Where
They Used to Be
Jul 16, 2016 3:41 PM CDT
Clouds Aren't Where They Used to Be
Shifting patterns don't bode well for planet, say scientists
- The clouds are shifting, and a new study suggests that's a worrisome thing for the planet. Satellite images collected between 1983 and 2009 show two trends: Clouds have been migrating away from the Equator toward the Earth's poles, and the tops of those clouds are reaching higher into...
Study Shows Clouds
Are Bad News for
Greenland Ice Sheet
Jan 12, 2016 5:39 PM CST
Study Shows Clouds Are Bad News for Greenland Ice Sheet
'This is something we have to get right if we want to predict the future'
- There's a literal cloud hanging over the rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet. That's because a new study published Tuesday in
reveals exactly how clouds are exacerbating the problem. Cloud cover over the ice sheet causes 56 billion tons of meltwater runoff every year, up to a...
Make It Rain
Oct 29, 2015 6:19 PM CDT
Mushrooms Make It Rain
'Nothing else works like this in nature'
- It turns out mushrooms may be better for more than topping pizzas. Who knew? According to a study published Wednesday, mushrooms may actually help produce the rain they need to live. Discovery reports researchers documented a previously unknown system in which rain makes mushrooms grow, mushrooms release spores into the...
Mysterious Blue Clouds
May Portend Disaster
Aug 23, 2015 4:00 PM CDT
Mysterious Blue Clouds May Portend Disaster
Noctilucent clouds are forming in unlikely conditions
- Like scientific mysteries? Then consider the electric-blue clouds that are becoming more common and appearing in unexpected parts of the world, the
San Francisco Chronicle
reports. Called "noctilucent clouds" or "night-shining clouds," they were first reported above polar regions in 1885 and have appeared every summer since,...
Texans Keep Reporting
UFOs That Resemble
Jun 14, 2015 3:10 PM CDT
Texans Keep Reporting UFOs That Resemble Something Else
Lenticular clouds do have funny shapes, however
- A rash of UFO sightings in Texas is likely caused by certain cloud formations, unless you believe that UFOs disguise themselves as clouds. Several sightings last month garnered media attention, but scientists and meteorologists identified the airborne objects as disc-shaped "lenticular clouds" caused by warm air rising in cooler...
New NASA Map Shows
Our Cloudy World
in case you missed it
May 16, 2015 8:19 AM CDT
New NASA Map Shows Our Cloudy World
Two-thirds of planet usually covered
- Blue Marble , yes.
Blue Marble? Most definitely. The NASA Earth Observatory is out with another compelling image of our planet, one that shows it's a cloudy place. Specifically, about two-thirds of Earth's surface is covered by clouds at any given moment. The map is based on...
Fills With Clouds
Dec 12, 2014 7:39 AM CST
Rare Sight: Grand Canyon Fills With Clouds
Warm air forces clouds down into canyon in rare inversion
- Yesterday's visitors to the Grand Canyon missed seeing its great depths, but perhaps witnessed something even more awe-inspiring. Due to a rare weather event known as a total cloud inversion, the canyon filled nearly to the brim with a sea of clouds—a result of warm air forcing clouds...
'Cloud Atlas' May
Get Rare New
Oct 5, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
'Cloud Atlas' May Get Rare New Addition
'Cloud Appreciation Society' founder fights for his find
- It's not often that a brand-"new" cloud comes along; in fact, none have been added to the
International Cloud Atlas
, maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, since 1951. But a cloud activist is pushing to change that,
reports. Gavin Pretor-Pinney wants to get a cloud dubbed...
Is This an Official New Cloud?
Sep 22, 2012 12:11 PM CDT
Is This an Official New Cloud?
Advocates of 'undulatus asperatus' sure hope so
- Cloud gazers, make room for "undulatus asperatus." That translates into "agitated waves," and advocates are pushing for it to be formally recognized as a new cloud variety, reports
. The movement has been gaining steam since a 2006 photo from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, went viral....
May 21, 2011 2:36 PM CDT
Ahmadinejad: Europe Stealing Our Rain
West using 'special equipment' on clouds to cause droughts
- Conspiracy theorist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at it again: He says Europe is hijacking Iran's rainclouds. "Western countries have designed plans to cause drought in certain areas of the world, including Iran," the state news agency quoted him as saying at the inauguration of a dam. "...
Ash Cloud Cancels
Hundreds of Flights
May 9, 2010 5:01 PM CDT
Ash Cloud Cancels Hundreds of Flights
Renewed activity at Icelandic volcano leads to more travel chaos
- Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed today as the reinvigorated ash cloud issuing from an Icelandic volcano spread across parts of Europe and the UK. Three clouds are moving in various directions, closing airports in Scotland, Portugal, Germany, and other countries. The total number of canceled flights since the...
Feb 7, 2010 6:00 AM CST
Clouds Delay Last Nighttime Shuttle Launch
Endeavour now looks for liftoff early Monday
- Clouds prevented space shuttle Endeavour from blasting off this morning on the last planned nighttime shuttle launch, delaying its trip with a final few building blocks for the International Space Station. Launch time was re-scheduled for 4:14am tomorrow. It's expected to be the last shuttle launch in darkness; only...
To Cut Snowplow Bill,
Oct 16, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
To Cut Snowplow Bill, Moscow Monkeys With Weather
If we make snow fall elsewhere, mayor reasons, there will be less snow
- Moscow's neighbors are steaming over a cost-cutting proposal by the mayor to make less snow fall in the city—which would mean more precipitation in the surrounding region. Liquid nitrogen, cement particles, and other substances kill clouds in the summer, and Yury Luzhkov wants to control the weather year-round, reports...
New Cloud Type
Jun 15, 2009 3:01 PM CDT
Forecast: 'Astonishing' New Cloud Type
If recognized, new variety would be first since 1951
- A photo taken by an Iowa paralegal may help secure the recognition of a new cloud type,
reports. Meteorologists are analyzing the cloud's characteristics to determine whether it's an example of an unrecognized type. If the move to recognize the cloud type succeeds,
whose Latin name...
'Cloud' Ads Float Sky-High
Apr 17, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
'Cloud' Ads Float Sky-High
Flying logos don't pollute, either, company says
- Forget blimps. A new kind of advertising sends company logos sky-bound in the form of clouds themselves—or almost. “Flogos” are flying, cloud-like shapes created from a soapy mixture pumped up with helium and other gases. The floating messages, sent up by repurposed snow machines, are completely safe, both...
China Shoots Down Bad Weather
Jul 13, 2007 5:30 PM CDT
China Shoots Down Bad Weather
High-tech program controls climate, plays rainmaker.
- China has a solution for its unpredictable weather: create its own. The county is toying with the world's largest weather modification program in terms of size, budget and equipment. The original idea was to ease droughts and improve harvests with man-made rain, but the program has evolved uses in fighting...
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