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The Perfect Storm

October 12, 2017

The Colorado River tumbles through varied landscapes, draining watersheds from seven western states. This 1,450-mile-long system is a…
Projected precipitation increases are bad news for water quality

August 1, 2017

Increased precipitation from a changing climate could pollute U.S. waterways with excess nitrogen, increasing the likelihood of severe…
Seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

June 16, 2017

California’s winter rains and snow depress the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which then rebound during the summer,…
Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming

May 17, 2017

A new study by researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich shows that…
Amazon rain helps make more rain

October 28, 2016

In a joint study, international scientists investigated how clouds and hence rain develops over the Amazon tropical rainforest.…
Cleansing Rain? Not So Fast.

May 4, 2016

Rain’s reputation for cleansing the air may come with a caveat after new study findings show that they…
A cleansing rain falls; a soil-filled mist arises

May 3, 2016

Most of us think of that sweet smell after a storm as the aftereffect of rain that has…
Mathematical model explains huge recurring rainstorms in the tropical Indian and Pacific oceans

January 28, 2016

El Niño is fairly well understood, and by now it’s a household word. But another huge system in…
Water deficits and rising temperatures increase stress on Pacific Northwest forests

December 7, 2015

Rising temperatures and late summer dryness are teaming up to push some types of forests beyond their ability…
UW, NASA measure rain and snowfall to gauge new precipitation satellite

November 12, 2015

For the next six weeks, University of Washington scientists will be working with NASA to study precipitation in…
More rain leads to fewer trees in the African savanna

October 20, 2015

In 2011, satellite images of the African savannas revealed a mystery: these rolling grasslands, with their heavy rainfalls…
Research finds how to increase wheat yield during drought in rainfed environments

September 16, 2015

Farmers in climates where late-season drought occurs frequently may be able to increase wheat yield, according to research…
Can rain clean the atmosphere?

August 29, 2015

As a raindrop falls through the atmosphere, it can attract tens to hundreds of tiny aerosol particles to…
Where does water go when it doesn’t flow?

July 11, 2015

More than a quarter of the rain and snow that falls on continents reaches the oceans as runoff.…
Using NASA Data to Show How Raindrops Could Save Rupees

June 26, 2015

Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking…
UW, NASA prepare for effort to measure rain, snow on Olympic Peninsula

April 3, 2015

The University of Washington and NASA are preparing for a campaign next winter to measure rain in America’s…
High-speed images capture patterns by which raindrops spread pathogens among plants

February 4, 2015

Farmers have long noted a correlation between rainstorms and disease outbreaks among plants. Fungal parasites known as “rust”…
Elephants may be able to hear rain generated sound up to 150 miles away

October 16, 2014

A team of researchers working in Nambia has found that elephants are able to detect rain storms from…
NASA Begins Field Campaign to Measure Rain in Southern Appalachians

May 2, 2014

Rain, ice, hail, severe winds, thunderstorms, and heavy fog – the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast United States…
Warm US West, cold East: A 4,000-year pattern

April 16, 2014

Last winter’s curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the…
Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act

April 15, 2014

The rise and fall of acid rain is a global experiment whose results are preserved in the geologic…
Got calcium? Mineral is key to restoring acid rain-damaged forests

September 20, 2013

Calcium can do much more than strengthen bones. The mineral is a critical nutrient for healthy tree growth,…
Increased greenhouse gases and aerosols have similar effects on rainfall

September 2, 2013

Although greenhouse gases and aerosols have very distinct properties, their effects on spatial patterns of rainfall change are…
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