Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

Doyle Rice


McLean, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Doyle:

What the hail? Colorado sets state record for biggest hailstone

A hailstone that crashed to Earth near Bethune, Colorado, on Tuesday is the largest ever recorded in the state. It was measured at 4.83 inches in diameter. → Read More

July was the Earth's hottest month on record in any year dating back to 1880

One of the most notable weather headlines around the globe in July was the record-shattering heat wave that spread across Europe late in the month. → Read More

Plastic trash discovered in 'pristine' Arctic snow

We've polluted the deepest oceans with plastic trash, now it's the Arctic's turn: Blown by the wind, 'microplastics' have been discovered there. → Read More

Trump administration overhauls Endangered Species Act as critics fear animal extinction

The Trump administration finalized major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act. → Read More

Catch a shooting star: The summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids – peak tonight

The peak of the best summertime meteor shower – the Perseids – will be coming to a sky near you tonight, weather permitting. → Read More

Asteroid zoomed 'near' Earth late Wednesday, astronomers say

According NASA, the asteroid was an estimated 187 to 427 feet wide and came within about 45,000 miles of Earth. → Read More

Megadroughts to plague the Southwest as climate warms, study says

Megadroughts – defined as intense droughts that lasts for decades or longer – once plagued the Desert Southwest. → Read More

Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

A new study says the warming we've seen in the past 100 years is unprecedented, when compared to the past 2,000 years. → Read More

July expected to be the Earth's hottest month on record

Fueled by record-breaking warmth in Europe, the U.S. and the Arctic, and supercharged by global warming, July will be the hottest month for the Earth. → Read More

D.C. will feel as hot as Death Valley as record-breaking heat wave scorches most of the US

Record hot temperatures are likely, says National Weather Service. Heat index is forecast to surge past 100 degrees and near the 110s in many areas. → Read More

Summer swelter: Earth just had its hottest June on record

Last month was the Earth's hottest June on record, federal climate scientists announced Thursday. → Read More

It will be 90 degrees or warmer for nearly 90% of Americans this week

At least 290 million people will swelter through the hottest weather of the summer as a record-breaking heat wave bakes the central and eastern U.S. → Read More

'Breaking' the heat index: US heat waves to skyrocket as globe warms, study suggests

As the globe warms in the years ahead, days with extreme heat are forecast to skyrocket across hundreds of U.S. cities, a study suggests. → Read More

Tropical depression or storm expected to form along Gulf Coast, forecast to hit land as hurricane

The second storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to form Wednesday or Thursday along the Gulf Coast. → Read More

Tropical depression forecast to form, could become 'dangerous' hurricane with 'damaging winds and deadly storm surge'

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that there's an 80% chance a tropical depression will form this week in the Gulf of Mexico. → Read More

Far out: Saturn will be 'nearby' on Tuesday, so you just might see its rings

Tuesday, Saturn is at 'opposition,' meaning the planet and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA. → Read More

Tropical depression forecast to form in Gulf of Mexico this week, could strengthen into hurricane

After several quiet weeks, a tropical system could form within the next few days in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. → Read More

Reports: Climate change worsened Europe's heat wave as globe sizzled to hottest June on record

Global warming exacerbated the heat wave that baked Europe late last week, a new report released Tuesday said. → Read More

Frankincense in trouble: Iconic 'Gift of the Magi' is in decline

Gold is probably fine, and we're not sure about myrrh, but frankincense appears to in trouble, a new study suggests. → Read More

Weird space object 'Oumuamua' was not an alien spacecraft after all, scientists say

That weird, cigar-shaped outer space object that flew through our solar system a couple of years ago wasn't an alien spacecraft after all, scientists announced Monday in a new study. → Read More