The weather world has been full of interesting events recently from right here on Earth to all the way in outer space.
Amazing but scary video has come out of Italy, where a tornado passed near the city of Milan on Monday. This twister caused significant damage and injured at least 12 people.
The tornado is believed to have been an F2 or F3 on the Fujita scale. While tornadoes are common in the United States, they are typically rare for the rest of the world. But tornadoes are not unheard of in Italy. The country sits in a transition zone between warm, humid air over the Mediterranean and cooler, drier air over continental Europe. Millions of euros will be needed for the cleanup.
Just like the stars in Hollywood, the largest star in our universe needs a pair of sunglasses. Our friends at NASA recently captured an image of a giant coronal hole over the sun's North Pole. A coronal hole is a dark, low density region of the sun's outermost atmosphere called the corona. The hole covered a quarter of the sun at which time it was spewing out solar particles and violent bursts of solar wind.
Scientists study coronal holes to learn more about space weather, as the holes are the source of a high-speed wind of solar particles that streams off the sun three times faster than slower wind elsewhere. Talk about a hot flash!
Closer to home, a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that more than 1,700 American cities and towns, including New York, are at a greater risk from rising sea levels than previously feared.
The cause is greenhouse gas emissions built up in the atmosphere. Some of these gases come from everyday activities like using electricity, heating our homes, and driving around town.
Researchers say even if we could just stop global emissions tomorrow on a dime, places like Hoboken, New Jersey, will still be under sea level.
But attention snow birds: The region at highest risk is Florida. Start helping to save your West Palm Beach condo by cutting out the aerosol hair spray.
The study did not specify a date by which these cities, or parts of them, would actually be submerged. Instead, it specifies the year 2100 as the point of no return. At that time a future underwater would be certain.