Kasha Patel

Washington, D.C.

Editor and writer focusing on weather, climate change and the environment.

Education: Wake Forest University, BS in Chemistry; Boston University, MS in Science Journalism

Kasha Patel is the deputy weather editor for the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post, covering weather, climate change and the environment. Before joining The Post, she produced news stories, videos and features about the Earth sciences, climate change and satellite research for NASA. She specialized in topics at the intersection of the environment and public health, such as tracking infectious diseases from space. Patel also has significant on-screen experience, appearing on the Weather Channel and BBC, among others. She hosted an award-winning miniseries on NASA TV highlighting Ear
Latest from Kasha Patel

Southern and northern lights sweep planet in stunning display of auroras

A “severe” solar storm triggered the outburst of auroras. Even California, Arizona, Arkansas and Virginia reported sightings.

April 24, 2023

From ocean depths to deep space, marvel at awe-inspiring views of Earth

Humans have captured unique views of our planet from 12,000 feet below sea level to 4 billion miles in space.

April 20, 2023

Rare hybrid solar eclipse appears for first time in a decade

Hybrid eclipses are rare among eclipses and occur only a few times a century.

April 19, 2023

Mysterious spiral over Alaska probably a result of SpaceX launch

Researchers say the event was probably caused by excess fuel released during the launch.

April 19, 2023

The power of a volcanic eruption: This one was bigger than any U.S. nuclear blast

The simulation suggests that one minute after the blast, the displaced wave was 85 meters high — “mind boggling and hard to believe," said the study's lead author.

April 14, 2023

Why we should all be gazing at more sunsets

The best time to view a sunrise or sunset is during the late fall and winter.

April 13, 2023

Home runs are increasing with climate change. See how it may affect your team.

For every 1 degree Celsius increase in average global temperature, there could be 95 more home runs across a season of baseball.

April 7, 2023

‘Scary’ new data on the last ice age raises concerns about future sea levels

The Eurasian Ice Sheet retreated by 2,000 feet a day during the last ice age, a study finds. It may show how fast ice and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica could melt and raise sea levels today.

April 5, 2023

How to find STEVE, the purple streak that looks like an aurora but isn’t

Scientists say there could be good opportunities to spot STEVE, a distant cousin of the aurora borealis, as solar activity increases over the next few years.

April 1, 2023

As a monstrous tornado neared Rolling Fork, residents say sirens were silent

Many Rolling Fork residents say they didn't hear sirens before the Mississippi tornado. Questions now remain about warning systems in poor, rural communities.

March 29, 2023