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Why are big storms bringing so much more rain? Warming, yes, but also winds

November 4, 2019

For three hurricane seasons in a row, storms with record-breaking rainfall have caused catastrophic flooding in the southern…
Two approaches to predict the future weather

September 4, 2019

When, where and how much rain will fall has always been a matter of utmost concern for humankind…
Warming Waters in Western Tropical Pacific May Affect West Antarctic Ice Sheet

June 19, 2019

Warming waters in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have significantly increased thunderstorms and rainfall, which may affect the…
On its 5th Anniversary, GPM Still Right as Rain

February 28, 2019

Five years ago, on Feb. 27, 2014, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint satellite project…
Understanding tropical rainfall, both past and present

February 13, 2019

A drop of rainwater that falls on a cassava field in Uganda takes a different path than one…
As climate heats up, rising rainfall averages hide crop-killing droughts

January 25, 2019

Research performed in the Ethiopian highlands shows that even in years with above average rainfall, crops can be…
How connected vehicles’ windshield wipers could help prevent flooding

January 22, 2019

One of your car’s oldest features has been put to a new, high-tech use by University of Michigan…
Researchers link urban sprawl to increase in rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey

November 15, 2018

Houston’s urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding experienced during Hurricane Harvey in August…
Pollution Damage Undone

November 6, 2018

An effort spanning more than two decades to restore a heavily polluted system of streams high in the…
Episodic and intense rain caused by ancient global warming

September 10, 2018

The Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which occurred about 56 Million years ago, is of great interest to climate…
Research shows plants in Africa green up ahead of rainy season

July 4, 2018

A study led by the University of Southampton has shown the greening up of vegetation prior to the…
Hurricanes are slowing down, and that’s bad news

June 14, 2018

Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and…
Heavier rains and manure mean more algae blooms

June 13, 2018

The Center for Limnology reported that a toxic algae bloom had begun to spread across Lake Mendota. It quickly led…
New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains

March 23, 2018

For the first time, scientists can look at landslide threats anywhere around the world in near real-time, thanks…
New Solar Panel Design Harvests Electricity from Rain

March 11, 2018

The increasing variety of uses for solar cells often run into several key limitations: in its current state,…
France’s Flooding Rains Examined by NASA’s IMERG

January 29, 2018

Eastern France has experienced unusually heavy rainfall this month and NASA satellite data has helped determine where the…
Climate change made Harvey rainfall 15 percent more intense

December 14, 2017

A team of scientists from World Weather Attribution, including researchers from Rice University and other institutions in the…
Increased vegetation boosts rainfall in the Sahel, researchers find

December 4, 2017

Droughts can grip the vast Sahel region of Africa for decades, dramatically altering the border where forest and…
Assessing climate change impact on extreme rainfall

October 13, 2017

The model, known as STORM, can be applied to any area based on information of where rainfall has…
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected

June 11, 2017

A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall…
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…
Will it rain? Monitoring program puts crucial info in hands of remotest farmers

February 1, 2017

At a vegetable farm in West Africa, where the planting is done by hand, questions about weather boil…
Green Sahara’s Ancient Rainfall Regime Revealed by Scientists

January 19, 2017

Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year “Green Sahara” period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments,…
NASA Analyzes Heavy Rainfall Over Southern Thailand

January 14, 2017

Widespread flooding has recently caused the deaths of dozens of people in southern Thailand. Frequent and persistent downpours…
Extreme Rainfall Doesn’t Always Mean Extreme Erosion

May 9, 2016

In the Puerto Rican rain forest, a strong storm can drop a meter of rain in a single…
Scientifically, This Was Still a Monster El Niño Year

May 7, 2016

At the outset of the 2015-2016 El Niño season, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San…
Phases of the moon affect amount of rainfall

February 2, 2016

When the moon is high in the sky, it creates bulges in the planet’s atmosphere that creates imperceptible…
NASA Eyes on Earth Aid Response to Carolina Flooding

October 9, 2015

It was rain that wouldn’t quit. A weather system fueled by warm moisture streaming in from the Atlantic…
NASA Measured Erika’s 9-Day Rainfall Totals From Space

September 1, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika was a rainmaker in the Caribbean islands, and NASA’s GPM satellite was able to estimate…
In Africa, More Smoke Leads to Less Rain, NASA Shows

August 7, 2015

A new NASA study shows that agricultural fires in North Africa reduce the region’s rainfall during the dry…
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