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  • Question Your World: Why are hurricanes slowing down?

    Climate scientists around the world actively prepare for this time of year - hurricane season! While hurricanes are dangerous and can cause lots of damage, studying them allows us to better prepare for the future. There are some big changes happening to our hurricanes - they’re slowing down. This raises a lot of questions, so let’s dig into the big topic. Why are hurricanes slowing down?

  • Question Your World: What can ice cores tell us about human history?

    A recent study has determined the rise and fall of the Roman Empire by studying the ancient climate in ice cores. How cool is that? Ice cold, of course. This brings up today’s big question: What can ice cores tell us about human history?

  • Question Your World: Is Virginia getting muggier?

    With summertime rapidly approaching, Virginians are bracing for those days of the year that kind of feel like we’re living inside of someone’s mouth, hot, sticky, and socially uncomfortable.

  • Question Your World: Is the Richmond rainy season changing?

    As spring makes way to summer, there are a few things we can usually look forward to. Spring cleaning, pollen, and lots of rain! Spring cleaning is what it is and downsizing is a mentally healthy thing after a long winter spent mostly indoors. Pollen - we just happened to have done a piece on pollen recently, so check that out to learn more on our regional pollen intensity. That leaves… rain! Let's dig into rain and ask today's big question: Is the Richmond rainy season changing?

  • Question Your World: How is Virginia's coastal report card looking?

    Remember anxiously awaiting report cards to see how your academic journey was going? Bad grades mean less fun on the weekends, while good grades result in the greatest reward a human can ever receive - pizza for dinner! Recently, researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science issued “Sea Level Report Cards” for 32 cities along the U.S. coast. So, how is Virginia's coastal report card looking?