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This hidden iPhone setting warns you when it’s about to snow

January 20th, 2022

Amid the flurry of new features that Apple added to iOS 15 is the ability to set up notifications for specific weather events like snow or rain. It is, after all, nothing short of frustrating to leave your home only to find yourself stuck in a downpour 5 minutes later. With that in mind, the …

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Your iPhone has a hidden map that shows where and when it’ll rain

November 27th, 2021

Now that iOS 15 has been out for more than a month, there’s a good chance you’ve already downloaded the update. And though iOS 15 admittedly lacks a singular killer feature, the update is still chock-full of new features that, taken together, make it a compelling update on the whole. If you’re still poking around …

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NASA’s ‘RainCube’ satellite is now dead

February 10th, 2021

NASA launched a tiny CubeSat in mid-2018 as a proof of concept to study weather on Earth. The aim was to see if compact satellites could return “science-quality data” with a much lower cost than weather satellites that are much larger. The satellite not only outlived its original three-month lifespan, but it returned a wealth …

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Ridiculous tradition says we’ll have six more weeks of winter

February 2nd, 2021

Today is Groundhog Day, which means that select groundhogs across North America have been asked to predict the weather for the next month and a half. The tradition stretches back well over a hundred years, but its accuracy is highly questionable. This year, some of the more famous groundhogs disagreed with each other, with some …

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Storms look so cool from the International Space Station

January 24th, 2021

The International Space Station is in a unique position to help scientists on Earth understand some of the more mysterious aspects of thunderstorms. An observatory on the ISS is providing researchers with insights into curious storm phenomenon only seen from space. Bizarre features that have names like “blue jets” and “elves” are being studied using …

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China’s plans to control the weather just got a huge boost

December 31st, 2020

China dreams of one day having robust weather-modification systems that it can use at will, and it’s ramping up its development of those technologies.  In a new statement, the Chinese government announced an expansion of its weather control program, covering an area of over 2.1 million square miles. The country believes it will have the …

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Get ready to learn more about Martian weather

November 13th, 2020

NASA wants to better understand the weather of Mars and its new Perseverance rover should help with that. Scientists are eager to learn about the role that dust plays in Martian weather, and how huge dust storms can seemingly pop up out of nowhere. Perseverance should arrive on Mars within 100 days. I don’t know …

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Watch a cloud tear itself open over a lake in Austria

October 8th, 2020

A time-lapse video captured a stunning weather phenomenon playing out over a lake in Austria. The wet microburst, which is a column of rapidly descending air that carries a ton of water down with it, is incredibly intense.  A phenomenon like this can produce damage similar to that of a tornado, though in this case, …