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Do Raindrops Have A Shape?

Amber Kanuckel, November 16th, 2015
When we see images or drawings of raindrops, they’re always teardrop shaped. Is that accurate? We may not have stopped to think about rain much, outside of a severe storm, to question if it is or not. But at the Farmers’ Almanac, we always like to explore weather topics and dig a bit deeper to uncover the interesting, not well-known facts about things.

‘Intolerable’ Heat May Hit the Middle East by the End of the Century

JOHN SCHWARTZOCT. 26, 2015
By the end of this century, areas of the Persian Gulf could be hit by waves of heat and humidity so severe that simply being outside for several hours could threaten human life,

Beginning of an Ice Age

NY Thruway near Buffalo – Photo courtesy: Office of the Governor

This is the face of rapid global cooling, which will change life on our planet more quickly than anyone is yet prepared to acknowledge. All 50 states will see freezing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with millions of Americans facing another bitter blast of unseasonably cold air.
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Did a Comet Hit Earth 12,000 Years Ago?

Roughly 12,900 years ago, massive global cooling kicked in abruptly, along with the end of the line for some 35 different mammal species, including the mammoth, as well as the so-called Clovis culture of prehistoric North Americans. Various theories have been proposed for the die-off, ranging from abrupt climate change to over hunting once humans were let loose on the wilds of North America.
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Beginning of an Ice Age

November 19th, 2014

This is the face of rapid global cooling, which will change life on our planet more quickly than anyone is yet prepared to acknowledge. All 50 states will see freezing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with millions of Americans facing another bitter blast of unseasonably cold air.

Foraging in freezing weather uncovers bounty of wild edibles


As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, many foragers put their baskets away until the first whispers of morels in spring. On closer inspection there is much for a forager still to find. Trails are lined with winter edibles which can be made into delicious meals all winter long.
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Cities alter weather for thousands of miles downwind, study finds


'Waste heat' from big metropolitan areas changes atmospheric systems, altering weather patterns for regions thousands of miles away. The finding helps explain why some regions have seen more warming than computer models predict.