History Stories
Why Are Hurricanes Classified by Category?
September 12, 2017

The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale was originally created to help people decide how they should respond to storms. Read More

Humans vs. Snow: A Love-Hate History
March 13, 2017

Explore some of the key developments in our love-hate history with the wonderful (awful) white stuff, snow. Read More

7 Withering Droughts
June 30, 2015

Take a look back at some of history’s other notorious droughts. Read More

Remembering New England’s “Dark Day”
May 19, 2015

How did a mysterious weather phenomenon convince many Americans that the end of days was at hand? Read More

The Hottest Day on Earth, 100 Years Ago
July 10, 2013

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

The Superstorm That Flooded America
March 25, 2013

On the anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913, take a look back at the most widespread disaster in American history. Read More

The Man Who Shipped New England Ice Around the World
August 29, 2012

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

Little Ice Age, Big Consequences
January 31, 2012

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