Weather

Smoke From Canada's Wildfires Is Reaching All the Way to Texas

The fire season up north is off to an early and aggressive start.

How Walking in Nature Prevents Depression

A study finds that wild environments boost well-being by reducing obsessive, negative thoughts.

A Mysterious Streak of Fire Appeared Over the Southeast U.S.

“I thought it was a plane exploding at first,” says a witness.

Maps

Where Electric Vehicles Actually Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars

If you think EVs are always greener, these county-level maps will take you by surprise.

Boston's Nasty Snow Pile Still Hasn't Melted

Guess when it will and you might win a meeting with the mayor.

Stop Releasing Your Balloons Into the Sky

Birds and turtles eat them and die.

Cleveland's Weather Radar Picks Up a Giant Ball of Bugs

Close your mouths, everyone.

California's Sinking Terrain Is Costly

Just ask San Luis Obispo.

A Space-Based View of 2015's 'Hyperactive' Hurricane Season

The last time three eastern-Pacific hurricanes developed this early was 1956.

Photos

Gape at Some of America's Best Weather Photography

Here are the winners of NOAA’s “Weather in Focus” photo contest.

Southern California Is Visited by a 'Blanket' of Tiny Red Crabs

Welcome to the “crabocalypse.”

Maps

Thank You, Science, for This Map of Fecal Viruses

Developing nations have problems with sewage in the water—but so do L.A. and New Jersey.

Can Sex Sell Water Conservation?

Exploring the best strategies to campaign for true behavioral change.

Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.

Class Warfare and the California Drought

Ultra-wealthy Californians refusing to conserve water may signal the beginning of a much bigger attitude crisis.

El Niño or Not, Floods Are Coming to California

Deluges tend to follow droughts. Are cities prepared?

A Chinese Anti-Smog Campaign Shows Children Crying in a Haze

The ghostly kids look like they’re suffocating in smoke.

This Incredible Storm Shadow Stretches From Tennessee to Alabama

A well-placed thunderstorm created a dark and seemingly infinite path in the sky.

Beijing Is Enjoying Blue Skies and Rainbows

Some are describing the surprisingly good air quality as “Beijing’s airenaissance.”

California Is Sinking, and It's Getting Worse

New details highlight just how severe it has become and how little the government has done to monitor it.