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California is Finally out of the Drought

After almost a decade, California has finally gotten enough rain and snow to declare an end to the drought. The last time California was drought-free was back in 2011. Two unusually wet winters in a row saved the day. San…

Hurricanes Names Michael and Florence Retired

The Hurricane Committee of the World Meteorological Organization has decided to retire the names of Florence and Michael. The hurricane and tropical storm names repeat every 6 years. But when a storm is particularly destructive or deadly, they decide to…

Spring Starts on Wednesday

Spring starts at 5:58 pm on Wednesday. That happens when the sun's rays shine directly over the equator. The only other time of the year when the sun's rays shine directly over the equator is on the first day of…

February Comes in as 5th Warmest on Record

The numbers are in and February was a lot warmer than average. According to NOAA it's the 5th warmest since records began back in 1880. The only warmer Februaries were 2016, 2017, 2015, and 1998. NOAA is just one of…

The Arctic is Melting - A LOT

A new report issued by United Nations Environment Program concludes that the Arctic (area around the North Pole), as we know it, will be gone in the near future. A summary of the report, written by Brian Khan states: "The…

A Man Ends Up in the Mouth of a Whale

Here's something you don't see everyday. This guy was snorkeling and taking pictures of a large school of sardines. Then things went terribly wrong.¬†Rainer Schimpf, 51, fortunately lived to tell the story. The whale quickly realized that Rainer was much…

Winter was Wettest on Record in U.S.

This winter was the wettest one on record in the United States. Well actually it was December, January, and February (what's called "meteorological winter") that broke this record. And we've been keeping track of rain for 124 years across this…

Tornado Update

The National Weather Service has concluded its investigation into 3 tornadoes that touched down on Sunday evening. They were all EF1 tornadoes with winds in the range of 100 mph. Below are all the details.

At least 3 tornadoes hit Sunday in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) - The National Weather Service has partially completed its investigation into storm damage from Sunday (3/3) evening. The conclusion: so far three tornadoes; all of them were EF-1 tornadoes with winds from 73-112 mph. Two of them…

Unusually Cold February in Los Angeles

This February was the first time on record (132 years) where the temperature never reached 70 degrees. That's an entire month in Southern California! When you average out the temperatures for the entire month, it was the 8th coldest on…

Bladeless Wind Turbines?

A new way to capture wind power appears to be on the horizon. Instead of a propeller-like set up, where the wind spins the blades around, a new technology is emerging. It looks more like a wide pole that is…

Earth's Atmosphere Extends Beyond the Moon

It turns out that the Earth's atmosphere extends much farther out into space that previously thought. The moon orbits the earth at roughly 225,000 miles away, but scientists' new understanding now says that the earth's atmosphere extends out to roughly…

Mars InSight Detects Weird Sound

NASA's InSight has been on Mars now for about 2 and a half months. It spends its time measuring things to learn more about Mars. About 3 days ago, InSight heard something very strange. It was a sound well below…

Mars Daily Weather Report

Have you ever wondered what the weather is like on Mars? That's now pretty easy to find out. NASA's InSight has weather instruments on board and reports back to us here on earth. At InSight's location on Mars, the average…

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