Kasha Patel

Washington, D.C.

Covers weather, climate change and the environment and writes the weekly Hidden Planet column

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

Most states could see earthquake damage in the next century. See those at most risk.

The damage could be anywhere from a crack in a building to a full collapse.

January 21, 2024

Greenland is losing more ice than we thought. Here’s what it means for our oceans.

The Greenland ice sheet lost 20 percent more ice than scientists previously thought, posing potential problems for ocean circulation and sea level rise, a study says.

January 17, 2024

Earthlings, take note: The sun will be its most active in two decades

A more active sun is expected to bring brilliant northern lights displays to Earth but also disrupt satellite communications.

January 14, 2024

Deadly winter storm pummels central, eastern U.S.; several tornadoes hit the South

At least four people are dead after storms hit much of the United States on Tuesday. Follow weather updates, closures and winter storm forecasts.

January 10, 2024

Tornadoes devastate parts of Gulf Coast as storms sweep U.S.

At least three deaths were reported after tornadoes hit Florida, Georgia and Alabama on Tuesday.

January 9, 2024

Total solar eclipses will some day be impossible. Here’s why.

The moon is ever so slowly creeping away from Earth.

January 5, 2024

There’s a total solar eclipse coming soon. Here’s everything you need to know.

A total solar eclipse will stretch across the U.S. from Texas to Maine on April 8, 2024. Here’s what to know about its path, arrival times, how to watch and more.

January 2, 2024

When to watch the last and longest full moon of the year

The last two Christmastime full moons happened in 2015 and 1977. The next one won’t occur until 2034.

December 22, 2023

Octopuses help solve a long-standing mystery of West Antarctica demise

Octopus DNA reveals the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be nigh.

December 21, 2023

Here’s what happens when the sun’s ‘wind’ disappears near Earth and Mars

Scientists are gaining new insights into the solar wind, which played a role in the loss of water from Mars and can disrupt communications systems on Earth.

December 16, 2023