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When will the US feel the heat of global warming?

Enlarge / Warm, moist air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico may dominate the Great Plains' response to climate change. (credit: NOAA)

By increasing the energy stored in our atmosphere, climate change is expected to generate more severe storms and heat waves. Severe storms and heat waves, however, also happen naturally. As a result, it's tough to figure out whether any given event is a product of climate change.

A corollary to that is that detecting a signal of climate change using weather events is a serious challenge. Are three nor'easters in quick succession, as the East Coast is now experiencing, a sign of a changing climate? Or is it simply a matter of natural variability?

A team of researchers has now looked at heat waves in the US, trying to determine when a warming-driven signal will stand out above the natural variability. And the answer is that it depends. In the West, the answer is "soon," with climate-driven heat waves becoming the majority in the 2020s. But for the Great Plains, the researchers show that a specific weather pattern will push back the appearance of a warming signal until the 2070s.

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Something strange is happening to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is perhaps the most iconic feature of any planet in our Solar System. It's instantly recognizable, and the massive cyclone has been swirling for so long that we've taken for granted that it'll always be there. Recent observations have shown that, unfortunately, that's not the case. The storm is dying — the latest data from the Juno spacecraft suggests it might actually be gone within our lifetimes — and a new research paper by scientists at NASA suggests that it's actually change in both shape and color as it enters its twilight years.

Juno's latest images have revealed some surprising changes to the storm, which is now smaller in diameter than has ever before been observed. Its swirling winds are reaching higher into the planet's atmosphere than before, stretching the storm taller as they swirl upward. At the same time, its iconic crimson hue is becoming more orange, likely as a result of the highest gasses being exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

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Something strange is happening to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot originally appeared on on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at 18:21:48 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

NASA’s Juno probe mapped Jupiter’s incredible winds and the images are just nuts

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Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System and NASA's Juno probe orbiting the gas giant has delivered some stunning images time and time again. NASA scientists used some of the probe's most recent infrared snapshots to map the planet's intense winds, and the resulting images are downright awesome.

These pictures, which were taken on Jupiter's north and south poles, reveal the massive wind towers that dominate not only its upper atmosphere but also stretch deep into the planet. As NASA explains, the jet streams that create the eye-catching patterns originate far below what we are able to see from its cloud tops, and the cyclones are unlike anything observed before in the Solar System, including here on Earth.

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NASA’s Juno probe mapped Jupiter’s incredible winds and the images are just nuts originally appeared on on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at 11:44:32 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

A colossal storm front nicknamed ‘The Beast’ rolled across London, and the photos are incredible

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A massive winter storm engulfed London on Tuesday and brought some intense snow and bitter cold. Winter storms aren't exactly a rarity for Londoners, but this particular storm front was uniquely harsh. It originated in Siberia and had been making its way across the continent for several days before finally striking the UK, earning the nickname "The Beast From The East" along the way.

The storm had already been blamed for a handful of deaths before it arrived in London, so its reputation as a deadly weather system preceded it, but it gained legitimate celebrity status thanks to a photo captured by a police helicopter. As the storm front began to swallow London, the chopper captured a truly stunning photo that is equal parts awesome and terrifying.

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A colossal storm front nicknamed ‘The Beast’ rolled across London, and the photos are incredible originally appeared on on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at 10:17:32 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

A colossal Neptunian storm just vanished before our eyes

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You don't have to look far for fresh news about Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter these days, but Neptune doesn't always get the same kind of attention. The big frigid blue ball is the farthest planet from the Sun — since we don't count Pluto as a planet anymore — and it hasn't been studied with the same intensity of many of the others. Thankfully the Hubble Space Telescope hasn't lost interest in the distant planet, because it just captured one of Neptunes massive storms losing steam as it roars across the planet.

Storms on Neptune appear as giant dark ovals, a bit like Jupiter's Great Red Spot. However, unlike Jupiter's centuries-old storm, Neptune's hurricane-like weather events only last a few years at a time before eventually dissipating. Of course, that's not to say the storms are insignificant — many are large enough to swallow and entire continent here on Earth — so watching one breathe its dying gasps is still a special sight.

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A colossal Neptunian storm just vanished before our eyes originally appeared on on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at 14:18:44 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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