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Weather vs. Climate + Severe Weather – Crash Course Kids

Weather vs. climate... are they the same thing? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains the differences: Weather refers to the day to day conditions of where you are on the planet. Climate refers t...

Slow motion lightning over South Dakota at 2,000 fps

From ZT Research's Tom A. Warner, watch this high speed video of lightning, filmed during a storm over South Dakota: My daughter got some nice high-speed camera captures of lightning while I drove. We chased a s...

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

Didn’t It Rain: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester (1964)

Playing her electric guitar under the eaves of an abandoned train station in rainy Manchester, England, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed Didn't It Rain. An American singer, songwriter, and The Godmother of Rock & R...

What makes that fresh rain smell? MIT films rain drops to find out

Why do we smell that fresh earthy scent before and/or after it rains? With high-speed cameras, MIT researchers have filmed rain drops, and believe that the footage explains petrichor, the "pleasant smell that frequent...

Why Do Clouds Stay Up? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

Clouds are filled with so many water droplets that they're actually heavy... like 100 elephants heavy or a 747 airplane heavy! So why don't clouds fall out of the sky? It's Okay to Be Smart's Joe Hanson explains every...

Stormscapes – A time lapse of storm clouds & mesocyclones

Shot in Wyoming and South Dakota by photographer Nicolaus Wegner in the summer of 2013, this video for National Geographic is an incredible look into the thunderstorms and mesocyclones -- powerful vortexes of air wit...

Feedback loops – How nature gets its rhythms

A grasshopper eats grass, a rat can eat the grasshopper, a snake may eat the rat, and a hawk will eat the snake. When these food chains interweave, they create a food web. Plants and animals (including humans) live, e...

Storm Chasing on Saturn: The hexagon-shaped hurricane

Hexagon-shaped storms exist. There is a massive, persistent, hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole -- "the perfect six-sided hurricane, 60 miles deep, that could swallow four Earths..." The New York Tim...

Two Triple Lightning Strikes in Chicago

On June 30, 2014, videographer Craig Shimala set up his cameras to capture a derecho, "a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm," as it passed through Chicago. In the speedy time-lapse footage above, you can...

The difference between weather and climate change

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of StarTalk and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, demonstrates the difference between weather and climate change as he walks along the beach with a dog.  Weather is ...

Paint Showers: A stop-motion thunderstorm of paint

Paint Showers by Miguel Jiron.

The Beauty of Mathematics

The Beauty of Mathematics by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux. "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous t...

Above: time lapse clouds above Japan

Above, a cloud time lapse film that documents the skies above Japan throughout the summer, filmed and edited by photographer Suishu Ikeda. There are more clouds in the archives.

Mr. Special by Maggie Rogers

Mr. Special stands in the rain in this short by Maggie Rogers, Creative Director at Fred and Eric.

Why So Many Cloud Types? How to identify clouds

What are the names for the clouds you see when you look up in the sky? In this video from Nova PBS, learn about nimbus (rain), cumulus (heap), cirrus (curl), stratus (layer), and other types of clouds, and why both th...

Incredible Slow Motion Lightning Strike (11,000 frames per second)

Video camera technology has improved immensely in recent years, allowing scientists like lightning physicist Vladislav Mazur and meteorologist Tom Warner to analyze high speed footage of these captivating bolts of ele...

Reasons for the Seasons – TED Ed

Excellent for all ages: TED Ed’s Reasons for the Seasons. Why do some regions experience full-time heat while others are reckoning with frigid temperatures and snow? And why are the seasons reversed in the tw...