500-Year Snow Fail in California’s Iconic Mountains

ENVIRONMENT The Sierra Nevada’s snowpack is at a 500-year low. No wonder why skiers, hikers, farmers, forests, and virtually every other living thing in California are feeling the effects. (Nat Geo News) Learn more about California’s megadrought. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How have scientists determined that this year’s snowpack is the lowest it … Continue reading 500-Year Snow Fail in California’s Iconic Mountains

Snow: Delicious or Dangerous?

FOOD Snow is one of the first “wild” foods small humans learn to forage. And this time of year it’s both free and plentiful. But is snow a magical, local and seasonal specialty or is it an adventure in extreme eating? (NPR) Learn more about snow and other piquant precipitation with our encyclopedic entry. (Piquant? Look it up!) Teachers, scroll down for a quick list … Continue reading Snow: Delicious or Dangerous?

A Late Winter Storm Slams the East Coast

This weekend, the East Coast was pummeled by a vicious winter storm. The disturbance began in the Southeastern U.S. yesterday, dropping as much as 8 inches of snow in states that traditionally do not see much if any at all. On Sunday, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina and Richmond International Airport in Virginia were closed for snow removal from runways. Atlanta also received roughly six inches of snow.

A time lapse video of a New Jersey backyard

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