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66 million years ago an asteroid longer than Mount Everest is tall hurtled toward the Earth crashing into the Gulf of Mexico. More than 75% of plant and animal species, including the dinosaurs, vanished. it took over 4 million years for life to flourish once again, but the environment was altered forever. So scientists were

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This year, five new missions are taking off to investigate our home planet. From coast to coast, these missions will take a closer look at everything from sea level rise to snowstorms, all based right here in the United States. About 200 miles off the coast of San Francisco, the Submesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment, or

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During storms, some rattlesnakes drink rain droplets from scales on their backs. This unusual behavior could help them survive when water is scarce. Now, researchers have figured out how the nanotexture of scales from these snakes helps them use their bodies to harvest rain. They report their results in in ACS Omega. The western diamondback

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The NCAR Explorer Series is coming to the Longmont Museum. NCAR scientist and Longmont native Dr. Scott Landolt will be talking about Antarctica: Catching Snow in the World’s Southernmost Desert. One of the things that we’re trying to do is actually measure snowfall in Antarctica which has never been done before because the conditions are

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The climate refers to the prevailing average weather patterns of a region over long period of time. For example over a thirty to fifty year period. Weather is the daily atmospheric conditions consisting of precipitation temperature, humidity, wind and sunshine. Around the world there are different climate zones. In some regions there are hot and

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Is It Possible to Reverse Global Warming? The average temperature on Earth is rising. And although some have written climate change off as “natural”, according to NASA reports 97% of working scientists agree that the driving force for global warming is human activity. If it’s left unchecked, we could be facing a global catastrophe. So,

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Rain typically falls from stratus clouds in the form of a drizzle or mist. Sleet is a mixture of water and ice, while snow is basically water that has crystallized. Hail forms during a thunderstorm when water droplets move through a cycle of rising, freezing and falling inside a cumulonimbus cloud. To access a comprehensive

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…for the global precipitation measurement mission. It’s a satellite that NASA and JAXA launched in 2014 and it measures the world’s precipitation, rainfall, and snowfall. Our product IMERG has updates available every half hour, full global coverage. You can see down here on the homepage that this is our global image of rainfall. Just an

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You’ve probably heard that weather is getting more extreme and that this is in part because accumulating greenhouse gases have caused the air at earth’s surface to warm by an average of 0.8 degrees celsius over the last century. But how could a barely perceptible rise in air temperature lead to such crazy changes in

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[MUSIC] Our last video gave you a nice, neat list of facts explaining why scientists are so sure that climate change is real and that humans are the main cause. We’ve filled libraries with reports and graphs and books about climate change, more facts than you can shake a hockey stick at. Still, four out

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