Not even soaking rain can ease fire risk in a California hit by record heat, dry landscape

by Hayley Smith and Alexandra E. Petri Credit: CC0 Public Domain A summer of drought, extreme heat and deadly wildfires will end with much-needed rain this week in parts of California, but it is unlikely to douse the threat of wind-driven fires this fall in a state scarred by record-setting heat waves and bone-dry landscapes. … Read more

‘Diamond rain’ on giant icy planets could be more common than previously thought

Studying a material that even more closely resembles the researchers composition of ice giants, found that oxygen boosts the formation of diamond rain. The team also found evidence that, in combination with the diamonds, a recently discovered phase of water, often described as “hot, black ice” could form. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory A … Read more

From dry to deluge, how heavy snow, rain flooded Yellowstone

Rapids along the road between Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Just three months ago, the Yellowstone region like most of the West was dragging through an extended drought with little snow in the mountains and wildfire scars in Red Lodge from a year ago when the area was hit by 105-degree … Read more

People in the Philly region are ‘still reeling’ emotionally from Hurricane Ida. Now, more rain is coming

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Driving home from work, Kristin Herman was gripping her steering wheel hard. It was mid-April, and one of the region’s heaviest rainstorms since Hurricane Ida was hurtling through Bucks County, Pennsylvania. With the rain coming down, Herman, 37, couldn’t help but think about the harrowing drive she’d made from her family’s … Read more