All content for this article courtesy of the May issue of National Geographic. For full article and more photos, click here.
The following is an excerpt from the May issue of National Geographic magazine:
Wrangel Island was declared a zapovednik—a federally managed nature sanctuary—in 1976, and it remains one of Russia’s coldest, remotest pieces of protected wilderness. The 2,900-square-mile island lying astride the 180th meridian just might be the Galapagos of the far north: Despite the severity of its climate, and in many ways because of it, Wrangel boasts an astonishing abundance of life. The island is the world’s largest denning ground for polar bears—as many as 400 mothers have been known to land here in winter to raise their young. With climate change making the ice pack much less reliable, polar bears have often sought summertime refuge on the island in recent years as well. Wrangel also supports the largest population of Pacific walruses, and the only snow goose nesting colony in Asia. It is home to snowy owls, muskoxen, arctic foxes, and reindeer as well as massive populations of lemmings and seabirds. And yet, in merciful contrast to the boggy Siberian mainland, there are no mosquitoes.
Unseasonably cold conditions and heavy snow in parts of the northeastern United States over the past few weeks have led the National Park Service to push back the peak bloom dates for Washington, D.C.’s popular cherry blossoms.
With the long Easter holiday a week away, many across the United Kingdom may be wondering what the weather will be like and how it may impact travel and festivities.
Following several rounds of cold air, this weekend will feature a rebound in temperatures as dry weather dominates across Germany.
Nora has rapidly strengthened into a severe tropical cyclone and remains on track to bring dangerous weather to northern Queensland into early next week.
Storm Hugo will barrel through the Iberian Peninsula, disrupting travel and creating hazards for residents into the first half of this weekend.
The fourth nor'easter to slam the East Coast in March brought record-breaking snow to parts of Pennsylvania and New York, while a cyclone produced severe flooding and mudslides in Madagascar.
While the weather pattern that brought storm after storm to the northeastern United States during March will linger, the pattern will shift enough to provide a break from clouds and snow next week.
More than 150 short-finned pilot whales were found stranded early Friday in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, located in the country's southwestern tip.