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

Land around the U.S. is sinking. Here are some of the fastest areas.

Cities aren’t only seeing sea level rise. Parts of them are also sinking.

May 30, 2023

There’s a rock in space that may help us unravel how life started

A rock sample that a Japanese space probe collected from an asteroid suggests a possible source of compounds that enabled the development of life on Earth.

May 26, 2023

The unexpected force that may make us get less sleep

Nights have warmed faster than daytime temperatures in many places around the globe. By 2100, individuals worldwide could lose about 50 to 58 hours of sleep per year.

May 21, 2023

El Niño is getting stronger. That could cost the global economy trillions.

Most of the losses were felt by nations in closer proximity to the phenomenon, which are often developing or lower income.

May 18, 2023

Training for a warm race? Here’s who might have an advantage.

A new study found taller, leaner marathoners with long limbs tended to excel in races in warmer regions, and runners with stockier builds and shorter limbs fared better in colder climates.

May 10, 2023

A star ate a planet, and astronomers saw it happen for the first time

The scientists say the star visually grew 100 times brighter in just 10 days before eventually returning to normal as if it finished digesting the planet.

May 3, 2023

Here’s the real reason the Vikings left Greenland

About 75 percent of Viking sites were within 3,000 feet of an area of flooding, a new study found.

April 28, 2023

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