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America's Northernmost City Is Having Another Dramatic Climate Change Year  America's Northernmost City Is Having Another Dramatic Climate Change Year 

The northernmost city in the U.S. continues to be ground zero for the impacts of climate change. As sunlight fades from the Arctic, sea ice began to form this week around Utqiaġvik, an Iñupiat whaling community located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. And that’s...not right.

A Major Storm Will Hit the Eastern U.S. on Election Day (But Please Go Vote Anyway) A Major Storm Will Hit the Eastern U.S. on Election Day (But Please Go Vote Anyway)

 The weather doesn’t stop for anyone, including voters. For many folks heading to the polls this week, a big mess of rain, snow and possibly severe weather is on tap starting on Monday and stretching into Tuesday. But the impacts aren’t expected to last all day, so you should be able to find a window to go vote.

Why the Fall Foliage in Your Area Might Be Disappointing This Year Why the Fall Foliage in Your Area Might Be Disappointing This Year

If you live along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed a distinct lack of vibrant autumn foliage this year.

Massive Cloud Forming Over One of Mars' Biggest Volcanoes Is Icy Water Vapor, Not Eruption Massive Cloud Forming Over One of Mars' Biggest Volcanoes Is Icy Water Vapor, Not Eruption

This week, the European Space Agency released a curious photo captured by the Mars Express orbiter of a 930-mile-long cloud formation spilling out of the massive, 12-mile-high Arsia Mons volcano on Mars—a phenomenon that has been observed for weeks straight. It certainly gave every superficial appearance that the…

The Many Ways Lightning Can Kill You

When a 32-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning while visiting Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island, New York this August, he became the first lightning fatality recorded in the state since 2016. And he was only the 16th lightning death reported in the entire U.S. this year.

The House That Survived Hurricane Michael Reminds Us What Climate Change Will Cost

In the sea of destruction that is Mexico Beach, the Sand Palace stands out like an oasis. Hurricane Michael’s wind and waves pitched lesser domiciles off their moorings, tore roofs away, or simply obliterated them. But as numerous news outlets have observed, the stately white house at the end of 36th St. withstood…

Bacteria Floating 30,000 Feet Overhead Could Be Influencing the Weather Bacteria Floating 30,000 Feet Overhead Could Be Influencing the Weather

We humans tend to pride ourselves on our ability to adapt, but bacteria have been beating us at this game for billions of years. Our microbial brethren have carved out a niche in some of Earth’s most hostile environments, from deep sea vents to Antarctic lakes. Some hardy bugs can even survive in an upper layer of our…

That Viral Shredded Hurricane Florence Flag Sold For $10,900 on eBay, and I Wish My Battered Spirits Were Worth as Much That Viral Shredded Hurricane Florence Flag Sold For $10,900 on eBay, and I Wish My Battered Spirits Were Worth as Much

Last month, millions of people watched the American flag that flew at the Frying Pan Tower lighthouse about 39 miles off the North Carolina coast, as a livestream showed the flag being pummeled by the 100-mph winds of Hurricane Florence. Now, that symbol of dreams and natural nightmares will live on for a good cause.

Climate Change Worsened 2017's Hurricane Season From Hell, Study Finds Climate Change Worsened 2017's Hurricane Season From Hell, Study Finds

We’re still living with the impacts of the 2017 hurricane season from Puerto Ricans living in hotels to the president saying grotesque stuff. It was the most costly season in history as Harvey, Irma, and Maria each caused tens to hundreds of billions in damage in the U.S.

Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate

Authorities are warning coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding.

Oh My God Look at the Atlantic Ocean Right Now Oh My God Look at the Atlantic Ocean Right Now

Hurricane Florence is the biggest threat in the Atlantic right now, but it’s hardly the only storm. The tropics have gone wild, with three hurricanes spinning at the same time, as you can see for yourself in satellite imagery captured as the sun rose on the Atlantic Monday morning.

Florence Is a Hurricane Again, Projected to Hit East Coast at Near Category 4 Strength Florence Is a Hurricane Again, Projected to Hit East Coast at Near Category 4 Strength

Hurricane Florence, which was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm last week, was re-upgraded to hurricane status on Sunday and looks like it is destined to barrel straight at the U.S.’ East Coast. According to CNN, odds are good that it will have strengthened to Category 4 status—meaning sustained winds in the…

Bizarre Tropical Storm Florence Could Become a Hurricane and Strike the East Coast Bizarre Tropical Storm Florence Could Become a Hurricane and Strike the East Coast

It’s been a year of unique weather to say the least. The latest potentially bizarre weather happening to add to the list? Florence, the first major hurricane of the season, could follow a highly unusual route from the center of the Atlantic into the heart of the Eastern Seaboard thanks to a weird atmospheric setup.

We Just Sweated Through the Hottest Summer Nights on Record We Just Sweated Through the Hottest Summer Nights on Record

The three-month span from June to August is always the worst season. It’s a season of armpit sweat; a time of searching for shade or air conditioning. And if it felt like this summer sucked even more than usual, you’re not imagining it. The summer of 2018's hellacious heat set a new record.

Hurricane Florence Is the Atlantic's First Major Hurricane Hurricane Florence Is the Atlantic's First Major Hurricane

The Atlantic hurricane season has suddenly found its legs. Following some summer doldrums, a number of factors have come together to fuel a run of tropical weather. That includes Hurricane Florence, which just became the first major hurricane of the season.

Why the Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Suddenly Heating Up

After two mercifully quiet months, the Atlantic hurricane season has suddenly roared to life. There are currently two storms spinning in the Atlantic basin with a potential third on the horizon.

Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Here at Gizmodo, we’ve just wrapped up Feud Week: A series on personality and business clashes in the tech world, scientific disputes, and whether or not to shoot Bigfoot. (I say let the big guy do his thing, unless it turns out it’s kidnapping people with mind-waves to make more Bigfoots.) Some have said that a Nice…

How a Battle to Build the Best Weather Model Impacts Everyone on Earth How a Battle to Build the Best Weather Model Impacts Everyone on Earth

Hurricane Sandy was one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. But beyond the catastrophic losses of life and property, the storm also dealt a blow to the American weather modeling community. The American weather model whiffed on the initial forecast, but its European counterpart was dead on.

American Wildfire Forces Canadian National Park to Shut Down American Wildfire Forces Canadian National Park to Shut Down

Canada and the U.S. share a lot of things, chief among them a border. To commemorate said border, there’s a peace park that ceremonially joins Glacier National Park in the U.S. and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

Earth Is Throwing a Rave in NASA's Latest Wild Visualization Earth Is Throwing a Rave in NASA's Latest Wild Visualization

If there is a lesson of 2018, it is that we live in hell. This is canon. But leave it to NASA to make hell look pretty spectacular and maybe even a place I want to live.

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