Changing Planet

Send Your Extreme Weather Questions & Stories

A rare mother ship cloud formation hovers over Childress, Texas. Photo by Carsten Peter


Has extreme weather gotten worse lately? During the past few years we’ve seen tornadoes rip through cities in Missouri and Alabama. We’ve seen floods in the Midwestern U.S., Pakistan, China, and Australia. We’ve seen heat waves in Russia, typhoons in Japan, wildfires in California and New Mexico. Hurricane Irene left a trail of damage this summer from the Carolinas to Vermont, and Texas and Arizona have had dust storms this fall as bad as those of the 1930s. What’s behind this troubling trend?


Author Peter Miller. NGS Photo

At National Geographic magazine, we’ve been gathering data and talking to scientists about our puzzling weather. We’d like to hear from you as well. What have you experienced where you live? What would you like to ask the experts? Have you changed your expectations for the future?


Let us know what you’ve been through and what you think is going on. Send us your stories and questions—as well as links to your photos and videos—before the end of November, and we’ll pull it all together for an upcoming article by veteran author Peter Miller. We’ll also update you as we go along with news and information we turn up.


Weather happens to all of us. Let’s put our heads together to figure out what’s going on.

Post your stories and questions below.

John Kondis is a Senior Producer for National Geographic magazine online.
  • Julie Welsh

    Northern lights very far south a week ago. Do you think the magnetic north pole shifting caused this?

  • Jason Pavia

    I think it is very clear we are witnessing a tremendous climatic shift all across the planet. On every continent we are seeing major increases in precipitation, which would naturally occur when temperatures rise and evaporation increases in our oceans. As for northern lights in the far south last week…it is very likely that our poles are undergoing a major shift as well due to the fact that the earth and our sun are crossing the galactic center of the Milky Way. This will most likely cause our poles to shift in order to remain orientated with the galactic center as we pass through what meso-americans refered to as the dark rift.

  • Julia

    Do you think earths axis has tilted farther do to melting ice caps?

  • Julia

    Jason what facts is this based on? If true how should one prepare.

  • Yanna Myrat

    It would be fair, honest and brave to mention also the possibility that many of the late extreme phenomena are the result of HAARP avtivity. We are all aware of what it is and what is capable of.

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