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Sudden storms in South Australia


The southeast United States is not the only place dealing with flooding and extreme weather.  Back at the end of September, iSeeChange user Sarah Horley posted a photo of a road made impassable by brown floodwater. Unusually heavy rains and associated flooding in a low rainfall area — Sarah Horley[…]

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Have you seen your favorite summer bugs?

s58y/Via Flickr (Creative Commons)

All observations are, to some extent, limited. There’s always some subjective gap between what we’ve seen and the fullest truth. The sight of the boy you liked in high school walking away with another girl has probably lingered in your heart longer than his feelings for her. Emotion, especially, can[…]

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Trees get stressed out too (but for different reasons)

Sure seems like you’re seeing a lot of stressed-out trees, out there in these United States. Unlike with people, it’s probably not because of the impending election. In the Midwest, observers in Wisconsin and Michigan noticed leaves turning brown deep in what we usually consider summer. Valerie Mann, in Bristol,[…]

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Is summer over? (Take a picture to tell us!)

At the Thomas Starr King Middle School across the street from me (Go Lions!), students return to classes before Labor Day. They’re among a growing number of kids who mourn summer’s death in August…unlike in Virginia, where the King’s Dominion law protects the rights of teenagers to ride roller coasters[…]

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Hot town, summer in the city


With a prediction that 2016 will be the warmest yet recorded, it’s a fair guess that this summer, it’s going to be a hot one. If you live in an urban area, you’re likely  to see “some people looking half dead, walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head”[…]

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Synchronicity (not The Police album)


This week we’re sharing stories from our media partners in Colorado and Pennsylvania. KVNF and the Allegheny Front were unexpectedly in sync when they each chose to cover one of the key phenomena that ISeeChange helps observe: phenological asynchronicity. That phrase doesn’t come up much in normal conversation (unless you’re[…]

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Curtis Mayfield, NASA, and you


We can’t help but sing “people get ready” around here, and not just because Curtis Mayfield has that sneaky-sweet-soulful voice. Spring has arrived, and it’s a key time for gathering observations about carbon dioxide. This spring of 2016 lands just after a major anomaly was recorded at NOAA’s Mauna Loa[…]

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