Mauna Loa Erupts! – November 30, 2022

Mauna Loa Erupts! – November 30, 2022

A few weeks ago, Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, situated on the island of Hawaii showed signs of activity such as low-magnitude earthquakes and inflation of the ground, testament to underground magma on the move. Just this weekend, the 74-mile behemoth...
Planetary Caves – November 23, 2022

Planetary Caves – November 23, 2022

The Artemis I mission took off spectacularly last week and made a close approach to the Moon this week, inspiring hope for the next phase of planetary exploration. This includes a return of humans to the Moon and building a lunar base. Given the exposure to radiation...
Deception Island – November 16, 2022

Deception Island – November 16, 2022

Over the last 200 million years, Antarctica’s climate has changed from a long-lived warm period during the age of the dinosaurs, when lush forests covered the land, to progressively cooler climates, to the ice-covered landscape we see today. Antarctica is also home to...
The End of the World – November 9, 2022

The End of the World – November 9, 2022

We’re currently in the southernmost Argentine province, named Tierra del Fuego. The first Europeans (Spaniards during Magellan’s 1520 expedition) who came to explore the southern tip of South America saw the campfires of the native inhabitants of the area (the...
Shoes and Serendipity – November 2, 2022

Shoes and Serendipity – November 2, 2022

Imagine walking down a beach and then suddenly seeing thousands of mismatched pairs of shoes – Nike shoes – washed up ashore. This actually happened in November 1990 along Oregon’s coast. Six months earlier, in May 1990, a storm struck a carrier en-route to the United...
National Adaptation Forum – October 26, 2022

National Adaptation Forum – October 26, 2022

This week I’m at the National Adaptation Forum in Baltimore, Maryland, representing the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (University of Colorado Boulder). The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual...
DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

It’s Science Wednesday! A few weeks ago, we heard about the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission that managed to successfully impact its target asteroid, Dimorphos. It was a first-of-its-kind mission, demonstrating usage of asteroid deflection technology in...
Desert Varnish – October 12, 2022

Desert Varnish – October 12, 2022

While here in Albuquerque for an Early Career Workshop with the regional climate adaptation science centers, I fit in a trail run with friends and colleagues at the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. It offers a unique and beautiful insight into the geologic, cultural, and...
Hurricane Intensification – October 5, 2022

Hurricane Intensification – October 5, 2022

This season has seen an active Atlantic, most recently with hurricanes Fiona and Ian, leading to loss of lives and causing billions of dollars of destruction in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Florida. Strong tropical cyclones, called hurricanes in the Atlantic, typhoons in the...
DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

The DART mission – September 28, 2022

If you’ve seen the movie, Armageddon, then you’re familiar with the idea of planetary defense. While no drillers were sent out to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth this week, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was a smashing...
Extraterrestrial Life – September 21, 2022

Extraterrestrial Life – September 21, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) hasn’t been up in space for very long, and yet already it is taking unprecedented images in high-resolution. Its infrared vision allows us to “cut through the cosmic dust” to see some of the earliest structures in the universe in...
Uptick in Ticks – September 14, 2022

Uptick in Ticks – September 14, 2022

This summer has seen an uptick in ticks and tick infections. Is this normal? Or, a “new normal”? When weather is warmer and spring starts earlier, people are outside more often, allowing for more “human-tick” encounters to occur. But what about the ticks themselves?...
Pakistan Flooding – September 7, 2022

Pakistan Flooding – September 7, 2022

More than 1300 people have died and 33 million people have been impacted by unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. That latter number is more than the entire population of Texas! This is happening in a country that’s produced less than 1% of total global greenhouse gas...
COVID and Clots – August 31, 2022

COVID and Clots – August 31, 2022

There have been many reported cases of mild COVID infections turning into more troublesome long COVID cases, lasting months, if not years, with a wide array of symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, vertigo, headaches, and heart palpitations. What’s causing this?...
Dangers of Pseudoscience – August 17, 2022

Dangers of Pseudoscience – August 17, 2022

As we rang in the New Year 2020, hopes were high for the start of this new decade. But here we are in the year 2022, dealing with a pandemic that has killed millions, and dealing with a rapidly unfolding climate emergency that is, literally, scorching the Earth and...
Jet Stream Wobbles – August 10, 2022

Jet Stream Wobbles – August 10, 2022

What does the jet stream, a band of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere, have to do with the blazing heat waves this summer in the Northern Hemisphere? Not only have these heat waves broken temperature records, they have also fueled wildfires and caused travel...
Intra-cloud Lightning – August 3, 2022

Intra-cloud Lightning – August 3, 2022

Often times when we talk about climate change, the stories center on melting ice, rising sea levels, and hazards such as hurricanes, droughts, fires and floods. But what about the future of lightning in a warming climate? This summer in Colorado has seen some pretty...
Greenland Heat Wave – July 27, 2022

Greenland Heat Wave – July 27, 2022

What does 6 billion tons look like? Imagine an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Now imagine 2.4 million pools. That’s how much water the northwestern ice sheet of Greenland lost – PER DAY – from July 15 – 17 this summer during a melting event. Another way of looking at...
Ice Viruses – July 20, 2022

Ice Viruses – July 20, 2022

By this point, we’re all pretty familiar with viruses. We’re sick from them. And we’re sick of them! What if I told you that viruses dating back 15,000 years have been found in an unlikely place – glacial ice originating in the Tibetan Plateau (35o17’N,...
Arctic Dinosaurs – July 13, 2022

Arctic Dinosaurs – July 13, 2022

Svalbard, an archipelago about 650 miles from the North Pole, has a very rich and varied geological history. Its lands have been inundated with shallow tropical seas, covered in deserts and sub-tropical forests, and even roamed by dinosaurs. 600 million years ago, the...