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Scientists used a big rotating pot to simulate the atmosphere of Saturn, and they may have figured out how the gas giant's massive polar storms take shape.
With winds reaching staggering speeds of up to 1,100 mph (1,800 km/h) — in our solar system, only Neptune can be windier — and storms the size of Earth, Saturn's atmosphere has fascinated researchers ever since they got the first good looks at it via observations by NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft in the early 1980s.
In a paper published Monday (Feb. 26) in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers used the rotating pot to better understand Saturn's atmosphere and overcome some of the limitations of more conventional methods, such as computer modeling.
A switch to a cooler weather pattern in the midwestern United States will come at the expense of violent thunderstorms prior to the middle of the week.
The intense record heat baking the south-central United States is expected to get trimmed back early this week, but a sweep of refreshing air is not on the horizon.
This past weekend's rainstorm was only the start of an abnormally wet pattern that will elevate the flood risk in the eastern United States into the end of the month.
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Yet another round of severe weather is threatening the southeastern United States to close out this weekend.
The remainder of July will be dominated by a resurgence of heat across the northwestern United States.
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