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Category: Weather

Debris rests on what used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

7 Withering Droughts

As Californians endure their fourth straight year of exceptionally low rainfall, take a look back at some of history’s other notorious droughts.

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Remembering New England’s “Dark Day”

Two hundred thirty-five years after the daytime skies darkened over New England, learn how a mysterious weather phenomenon convinced many Americans that the end of days was at hand.

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The Hottest Day on Earth, 100 Years Ago

Get the story behind Death Valley’s record-breaking heat wave.

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The Killer Fog That Blanketed London, 60 Years Ago

For five days in December 1952, the Great Smog smothered London, wreaking havoc and killing thousands.

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The Man Who Shipped New England Ice Around the World

Iced drinks were luxuries for the rich until 19th-century entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made a fortune shipping New England ice around the world.

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A Perfect Solar Superstorm: The 1859 Carrington Event

The solar storm that hit Earth last Thursday delivered only a glancing blow, but in 1859 the planet wasn’t so lucky.

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Little Ice Age, Big Consequences

Explore some of the numerous events scholars have linked to the Little Ice Age, which new research suggests was caused by volcanic eruptions.

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Will Hurricane Irene Spawn a Baby Boom?

Does history support the common perception that disasters can lead to spikes in birth rates?

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Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?

As Hurricane Irene churns toward the northeastern United States, find out how tropical cyclones came to be assigned people’s names.

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Keeping Cool Through the Ages: Slideshow

As temperatures soar in many regions of the United States, find out how people beat the heat when cranking up the A/C wasn’t an option.