BBC fires UK government's Meterological Office, opens up weather prediction to global firms

It's a complex story -- partly about the Beeb facing privatisation and being required to bid out its work; partly about the Met having made some spectacular recent blunders in providing the weather. Read the rest

WATCH: Astonishing time-lapse of storms roiling America's heartland

Clouds darken and gather before they unleash fury onto wind-swept plains in The Chase, a remarkable new film by Mike Olbinski. Prepare for a memorable journey. Read the rest

Watch amazing video of lightning in slow motion!

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Zeus is pissed. Read the rest

Bridge collapse shuts down major California freeway after record-breaking July rain

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A bridge collapsed Sunday at the eastbound Interstate 10 and Eagle Mountain Road in Desert Center, trapping a truck beneath the debris. (KMIR)

Historic rain in Southern California—the most we've had in July since 1886!—caused a bridge collapse near the town of Desert Center, California over the weekend. The bridge collapse shut down all traffic for hours on the highly-traveled Interstate 10 freeway between Los Angeles and Phoenix. One unfortunate driver plowed his pickup truck into the collapsed structure, and hundreds of other cars were stranded. Alternate routes will require cars and trucks to travel hundreds of additional miles. Read the rest

Watch this drone footage of a tornado

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Drone footage of a tornado touching down yesterday in Hutchinson, Kansas. Read the rest

Incredible weather photos

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced the winners of its "Weather in Focus" photo contest. Here are two of the absolutely marvelous honorees. Above, Brad Goddard captured this tornado in Traer, Iowa. Below, Ken William's photo of a "proton arc over Lake Superior." "NOAA photo contest winners announced" (via Scientific American)

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Dramatic video of storm supercell and mesocyclone: “Art of the Storm,” Nicolaus Wegner

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“Time lapse, one second intervals. Canon 5dmII. Wide angle lenses.”

Global ocean surface temperature in 2014 was highest ever recorded for May

"The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for May 2014 was record highest for this month, at 0.74°C (1.33°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F). " More great news about global warming in the NOAA National Climate Data Center briefing here. Read the rest

Desktop tornado generator

One of my favorite exhibits at San Francisco's Exploratorium is the huge tornado generator. Now, a similar desktop model is available for $225: American Educational's Teaching Tornado (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Video of moving truck struck by lighting

A moving truck is struck by lightning in Alberta, Canada. The couple inside were rescued by police, according to ABC News. Read the rest

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: This is the difference between weather and climate change

This Cosmos clip of Neil DeGrasse Tyson is going viral, and for good reason. It's a terrific explainer of the difference between weather and climate change, and the role we humans play in warming the earth's oceans. It's just two minutes long. Read the rest

There is still ice on Lake Superior

Q: What does it mean for Lake Superior to have had its greatest ice coverage in 20 years? A: Memorial Day sunbathing on the beach, with icebergs. Read the rest

What the US tornado outbreak looks like from space (video)

This animated video created with data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite shows the creation and movement of a weather system that spawned tornadoes affecting seven central and southern states in the US this week. Read the rest

Documenting the NYC snowpocalypse's neckdowns: latent traffic calming revealed by climate and crowds

Clarence Eckerson made a splash with a pair of videos that documented the latent traffic-calming measures lurking in New York's streets, revealed by heavy snowfall. These "neckdowns," left behind by snowplows, provide an existence proof of the ways that changes in curbs and streets would make things safer for drivers and pedestrians.

With the current NYC snowpocalypse upon us, Eckerson is back in the streets, calling on people to document and tweet the city's ice-neckdowns, tagging them with #sneckdown (they're also documenting unplowed bike-lanes). It's a marvellous example of live, networked urban theory, and shows how people can organize to build the evidentiary basis for real change to their cities. Read the rest

Weatherman knees prankster raining on his parade

Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore takes care of a jokester attempting to disrupt his on-the-scene report. (Vine) Read the rest

Catnado strikes Britain

A small tornado that struck Chobham, England, left 13,000 without power over the weekend—and was said to have "lifted cats in the air."

Local fire crews also found extensive damage to trees and roofs from the storm, which also dumped hail and heavy rain on the county of Surrey, the BBC reported.

"We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground - about 6ft off the ground," said area woman Shirley Clay, adding that the animals were uninjured by the ordeal. "They just went round like a big paper bag."

Serious tornados are extremely rare in Britain, though the tabloids there claim weather data proves the nation is a 'hotspot' of miniature whirlwinds that usually go unnoticed.

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When ice attacks

This incredible video shot at Izatys Resort at Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota shows an "ice shove," where currents, winds, or temperature differences push chunks of lake ice onto land like a drifting iceberg. (via karenstan, thanks Sean Ness!)

And here is a CNN story from last year about this phenomena destroying homes in the Minnesota region. (Thanks, Jason!) Read the rest

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