Safest place to be during a thunderstom
By: Matt Bird
Thunderstorms are dangerous affairs. Frequent, fairly-easily-managed affairs, true, but still dangerous. Those who don't know what to do in a thunderstorm can easily get struck down by a bolt of lightning from the heavens, and given that lightning typically carries millions of volts of electricity...
Causes of thunder
By: Matt Bird
Though lightning is the true thing to fear in a thunderstorm - well, that and high winds, at times - the aspect of a storm most people seem to fear most is the thunder. A mighty clap of terrible sound emanating from the sky, thunder...
Why lightning is the most spectacular and frightening element of a thunderstorm
By: Matt Bird
By their very nature, thunderstorms are rather frightening affairs. The lashing wind, the darkened skies, the crash of thunder - none of this is meant to inspire high confidence in anyone who might fear for their health. Thunderstorms can be exciting and interesting, sure, but...
How to identify the varieties of middle clouds
By: Matt Bird
Clouds are a natural phenomenon that is surprisingly diverse, despite how uniform they may seem at first. There are a lot of different kinds of clouds which don't appear that different at first glance, though if you take a few moments you'll quickly realize that...
Differences between smog, fog, and mist
By: Matt Bird
Fog, smog and mist. Three seemingly similar things that are actually quite different - or at least they are for one third of the words. All that most people need to know is that they all impair visibility, and consequently are rather annoying. For a...
How to identify the varieties of low clouds
By: Matt Bird
Anyone who's gone outside and looked at the sky has, without doubt, seen more than a few clouds in their day. Ever-present in many parts of the world and perhaps a bit too prevalent for some tastes, clouds are just another aspect of life. A...
Why rain clouds are dark
By: Matt Bird
Though meteorological experts have a variety of means for determining when a storm's brewing in the sky, there's one very simple method available to every layman on the planet: the sky's getting dark. The base of the clouds floating overhead is an ominous black or...
The formation of clouds
By: Matt Bird
Clouds are an ever-present feature of much of Earth's geography. Floating in the sky, often harmlessly, clouds don't have much bearing on our lives - aside from dictating when we need to pull out our jackets or umbrellas, or in some cases run for cover...
A simple explanation of rain
By: Matt Bird
Rain is a common phenomenon in most parts of the world, save those that are very hot and very dry. Scientifically speaking it's the falling of precipitation from the sky in the form of water droplets; in layman's terms, rain is water from the heavens...
Characteristics of Cumulonimbus clouds
By: Matt Bird
Of all the clouds that appear in the sky, cumulonimbus clouds are the ones that garner the most attention from people on the ground, and are often the ones that are most readily named. There's a good reason for this, too, for depending on your...

 

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