Writing on the Church Wall
Archaeology Magazine, 10 August 2015
Graffiti from the Middle Ages provides insight into personal expressions of faith in medieval England
When hurricanes hardly happen
The Guardian, 22 June 2015
Kate Ravilious on the current North American hurricane drought, and why it might have another year to run.
Meteorology outwits malaria
The Guardian, 15 June 2015
Kate Ravilious on how thousands of lives could be saved by a new system that uses targeted weather forecasts to predict outbreaks of malaria.
Terrawatch: the enemy below
The Guardian, 31 May 2015
Kate Ravilious on the near impossibility of predicting eruptions, even on well-monitored volcanoes, let alone those that appear inactive.
How to keep wind turbines turning
The Guardian, 25 May 2015
Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows how careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on.
Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern
BBC News, 13 May 2015
The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that shook Nepal on Tuesday lies right under one of the most landslide-prone parts of the country.
Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers
The Guardian, 13 May 2015
Cycle of plant growth revealed as scientists find trees’ pollen exploding in downpours helps to form clouds.
Terrawatch: a continental pile up
The Guardian, 3 May 2015
Kate Ravilious explains the geological background to the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal.
Why some quakes are worse than others
BBC News, 1 May 2015
Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?
Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over
Cosmos , 27 April 2015
Geologists believe unrelieved strain still remains within the fault line that ruptured in Nepal on Saturday and claimed thousands of lives. Kate Ravilious reports
Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths
New Scientist, 27 April 2015
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake taught us that managing and preventing landslides could save thousands of lives in Nepal over the coming weeks
Even a deluge can have its upside
The Guardian, 27 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on how analysis of satellite data overturned an assumption about the effect of rainfall on violent winds.
Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’
BBC News, 26 April 2015
Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.
Case of the Giant Blob
The Guardian, 16 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on how an unusual envelope of warm water in the Pacific has been bringing extraordinary weather to parts of the US.
Terrawatch: the history of dirt
The Guardian, 5 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on the soil to which we owe our existence, relatively new to Earth at a mere 450 million or so years old, and now under increasing threat of eroding away.
Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet
The Guardian, 23 March 2015
Warmth is on its way, once the oceans have caught up
Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery
The Guardian, 16 March 2015
Kate Ravilious on why meteorologists are asking people throughout the UK to take part in an experiment during Friday’s solar eclipse
Terrawatch: The wells will run dry
The Guardian, 1 March 2015
Oil is millions of years in the making: we consume it at a rate of 30 billion barrels per year. We have to accept that it is going to run out.
Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors
The Guardian, 23 February 2015
Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment
Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms
The Guardian, 16 February 2015
Kate Ravilious on research that tracks the historical intensity of storms
Terrawatch: The rain that fell in the light of the faint young sun
The Guardian, 1 February 2015
Kate Ravilious on a project using fossil raindrop craters to study Earth’s early atmosphere
Looking for microbes on Mars
Cosmos, 29 January 2015
Scientists are fossicking in our planet’s most unearthly places to practise searching for life on Mars. Kate Ravilious investigates.
Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream
The Guardian, 28 January 2015
Kate Ravilious New Yorkers braced for severe blizzard receive milder Alberta Clipper storm
Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off
The Guardian, 18 January 2015
Kate Ravilious on a study showing that higher temperatures could lead to increased numbers of aircraft carrying reduced cargo or fewer passengers to achieve take-off speed.
When Earth was a frozen Snowball
BBC Earth, 12 January 2015
715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals
Weatherwatch: A real icy blast
The Guardian, 12 January 2015
Kate Ravilious explains the ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon that was responsible for the unusually strong winds that have been pounding Scotland and northern England
Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis
The Guardian, 31 December 2014
Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis
Archaeology, 15 December 2014
Remote-sensing technologies reveal that Stonehenge is surrounded by thousands of yet-to-be-interpreted Neolithic archaeological features.
Weatherwatch: If it’s snow you want – head for the heights
The Guardian, 14 December 2014
Kate Ravilious compares the statistics for snowfall in the UK, and finds that your chances of getting out the toboggan this winter depend on where exactly you live
Weatherwatch: Why a chilly morning was good news for Oxfordshire slatters
The Guardian, 8 December 2014
Stonesfield slate, which covers many Oxford colleges’ roofs, needs a frost – a cold snap meant plenty of work for quarrymen
Terrawatch: Fire and ice creators of Yosemite’s plains and canyons
The Guardian, 3 December 2014
How did fire and ice create Yosemite’s plains and canyons?
Transport pollution killed nearly quarter of a million in 2005
Environmental Research Web, 25 November 2014
Particulate matter from vehicles caused 242,000 premature deaths
Climate change could cut West African sorghum yields by a fifth
Environmental Research Web, 24 November 2014
Rising temperatures, rainfall changes and shifting monsoon set to harm crop output
Sun’s magnetic field alters lightning strikes on Earth
Environmental Research Web, 19 November 2014
Weatherwatch: ‘No flowers, no birds – November!’
The Guardian, 16 November 2014
Kate Ravilious finds Thomas Hood’s poem describes a different month to the ones we experience today
Weatherwatch: All eyes on the sun
The Guardian, 10 November 2014
Kate Ravilious on why astronomers are keeping an anxious watch on AR 12192, the biggest sunspot to appear since 1990
Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time
The Guardian, 5 November 2014
Kate Ravilious on the Tibetan Plateau shift
Weatherwatch: The greatest droughts in a thousand years
The Guardian, 19 October 2014
Kate Ravilious on a study showing that California’s current crippling three-year drought may be caused by the same atmospheric conditions as triggered the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s
Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves
Horizon - The EU research and innovation magazine, 16 October 2014
Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves
Using a protein taken from nature, scientists have made artificial leaves that can harvest energy faster than natural ones, and the ultra-lightweight material opens up the possibility of wearable technology and paint-on solar cells.
Weatherwatch: Clouds are weighty wonders, but how do they stay up?
The Guardian, 13 October 2014
Kate Ravilious explains why clouds don’t fall to earth – until it rains
Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption
The Guardian, 1 October 2014
Kate Ravilious on why the eruption of the Japanese volcano may have been almost impossible to predict.
Weatherwatch: Every leaf tells a story
The Guardian, 14 September 2014
Kate Ravilious on how the shape of a tree’s leaf is influenced by the climate that the tree prefers
Weatherwatch: Prediction impossible
The Guardian, 8 September 2014
Kate Ravilious on why those alluring ‘super precise’ forecasts of summer showers are so frequently inaccurate
Terrawatch: Bárðabunga plays the waiting game
The Guardian, 5 September 2014
Kate Ravilious reports on the stirrings of a volcano that has erupted more lava than any other on Earth in the last 10,000 years.
Weatherwatch: Every drop counts
The Guardian, 29 August 2014
Kate Ravilious on how a project involving primary school children with the collection of rainfall data could significantly improve weather forecasts
Weatherwatch: Every flash – as it happens
The Guardian, 17 August 2014
Kate Ravilious on how a network of enthusiasts with lightning detectors has created a live online map of the world’s electrical storms
Weatherwatch: Boomerang Bertha
The Guardian, 11 August 2014
Kate Ravilious on how it may become more common in the future for tropical storms to bounce back across the Atlantic and batter western Europe
Terrawatch: The everlasting fire
The Guardian, 1 August 2014
Kate Ravilious describes what happens when a coal seam catches alight deep beneath the ground.