NASA Is Flying A Huge Drone Over Hurricane Matthew

Looming megadroughts in western US would make current drought look minor

The harsh drought currently gripping California may appear trivial in the future as new research shows that the south-west US faces the looming threat of “megadroughts” that last for decades.

California is in its sixth year of drought, which was barely dented by rains brought by the El Niño climate event and sparked a range of water restrictions in the state. But warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean that if more isn’t done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years are likely to blight western states by the end of the century, according to the study, published in Science Advances.  Such a megadrought would impose “unprecedented stress on the limited water resources” of the parched US south-west, researchers…


NASA Is Flying A Huge Drone Over Hurricane Matthew


The space agency said Friday that it is flying a Global Hawk drone over huge storm swirls near Florida’s northeast coast. The aircraft weighs nearly 15,000 pounds, has a wingspan of 140 feet, and can fly for 30-plus hours at over 60,000 feet, according to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet…


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