Medicanes – hurricane-like storms in the Mediterranean – are rare but can be dangerous, as demonstrated by Medicane Numa’s path of destruction in Greece.
November 21, 2017
October 23, 2017
In October 2012, Sandy devastated large swaths of New York City with floods and fire. How well have we recovered? And will we be ready for the next big storm?
October 03, 2017
If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says a study underway at Columbia.
September 08, 2017
Hoaxes have been calling Irma a Category 6 hurricane, but there’s no such thing. Could there be, in the future?
September 01, 2017
It’s too soon to say there’s a connection, but searching for the fingerprints of climate change shouldn’t take too long.
August 25, 2017Over the past day and a half, Hurricane Harvey’s winds have quickened from about 35 to 109 miles per hour. What’s driving this massive power-up?
August 24, 2017
Lamont experts are on-hand to answer media questions about hurricane physics, rapid intensification, emergency response, and more.
June 12, 2017
Superstorm Sandy was a wake-up call for a lot of people in New York City, including Adam Sobel, who’s spent more than two decades studying the physics of weather and climate. He spent a lot of time during and after the storm talking to the media about what was happening, and why. He says the intense public interest made clear to him the need to find ways to apply the esoteric physics of atmosphere and oceans so we can be better prepared for the next extreme event.
February 01, 2016
If the Montreal Protocol had been rejected and the risks of ozone depleting substances had been ignored by the world, we would be facing even more intense tropical cyclones in the near future, according to a new study.
October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia intensified incredibly rapidly as it approached the Mexico coast on Oct. 23, exploding from a tropical storm with wind speeds of 63 mph to a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds over 160 mph only 24 hours later, and it continued to strengthen, reaching 200 mph. While most of the models predicted strengthening, they all underestimated how quickly and how strong the wind speeds would become.
September 29, 2015
As Superstorm Sandy headed for New York City, Adam Sobel’s phone started ringing with calls from reporters, and it kept ringing as the subway tunnels filled with water, the storm passed, and the city started to clean up. The reporters wanted to understand the science behind the storm and what it meant for the future. Their questions and Sobel’s conversations with colleagues across Columbia University working on issues related to extreme weather inspired him to write “Storm Surge,” a 2014 book about Sandy that just won the American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Author’s Award.