| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:49 AM
With the busiest stretch of the hurricane season fast approaching, government forecasters slightly lowered their outlook on Thursday, now calling for seven to 12 named storms, including three to six hurricanes, with zero to two of those being major....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 9:44 AM
A series of thunderstorms that have hit California in recent weeks may have delivered devastating torrents of rain in some areas, but on the whole they were "inconsequential" in terms of easing the state's worsening drought, according to a report issued...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Seventy miles off Ocean City, scientists aboard the federal research vessel Henry B. Bigelow are exploring a lush underwater landscape that until recently few would have imagined — colorful corals clinging to the rocky slopes of deep-sea canyons....
| Aug 11, 2014
| 3:21 PM
Ocean temperatures along the Central California coast experienced a "remarkable" warming period during the first three weeks of July, leading to unusual encounters with some fish species, scientists reported.
The warmer ocean correlated with weaker...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 12:47 PM
Two solar flares that occurred this week are speeding toward Earth, possibly causing minor disruptions for radio technology and power grids, and also making the aurora borealis appear much farther south than normal.
Neither flare was particularly...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 9:14 PM
A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday.
Individually, the storms,...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 2:26 PM
The first eight months of 2014 were the warmest on average in California’s history since record-keeping began in 1895, federal scientists announced this week.
The average temperature was 62.6 degrees in California over the time period, coming in...
| Sep 13, 2014
The working life of the big Global Hawk drone aircraft is spent skimming the tops of hurricanes, soaring at 60,000 feet through the untroubled stratosphere for hours and hours on end, eyeing the maelstrom just below.
"Just steamin' and dreamin'," said...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 6:38 PM
The forecast for bigger dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay this summer finally bore out last month — at least for the upper bay.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported the eighth largest dead zone on record for early August, a 1.32-...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday on new annual limits on the catch of dwindling young bluefin tuna in an effort to double the population within a decade.
The conservation plan announced by the Western and Central Pacific...
| Sep 7, 2014
The dead zone bedeviling the upper Chesapeake Bay still hasn't shrunk in overall size and now is considered the fifth-largest in 30 years of record-keeping, experts say.
New data just released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources shows that...