Understanding the elements of lightning and thunder
By: Norman A. Rubin
On one foul night my wife and myself were engrossed in watching an oldie horror film starring both Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, a film filled with lots of scary stuff with a background of a Bach organ piece adding to the mystery. As the...
Steam Devils: What they do
By: Author Name Withheld 270
Artic outbreak vortices, frigid fog funnels or more commonly known as Steam Devils', these rare and seemingly shy atmospheric events are one of nature's more subtle beauties. Known for their luminous arrangement and delicate formation these artic phenomenon's last only moments before disappearing into thin...
How a snowstorm develops
By: David Dewitt
Winter in Ohio can be an amazing experience. Watching the snow fall from the living room window, cozy and warm with a good book is a great way spend a winter evening. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, there is almost an...
How hurricanes are named
By: David Dewitt
Names have an incredible power to evoke memories of people, places, and events. Often we make these connections through people we know or places we have been but sometimes names can carry even deeper meaning. Names like Ike, Katrina, Hugo and Andrew are etched into...
By: Pauline Abreu
As far as the effects of sunlight on humans, there are good and bad aspects to spending time in the sunshine. Rays from the sun provide the body with vitamin D, which is an essential vitamin for a healthy body. On the other hand, too...
By: Pauline Abreu
What causes humidity? The amount of water vapor in the air constitutes the level of humidity. Humans use sweating in order to reduce body heat when it's hot, but when there are high levels of humidity our bodies are prevented from using this method as...
Defining heat lightning
By: Frances Stanford
Heat lightning refers to distant flashes of lightning that occur on the horizon during hot weather and are not accompanied by thunder. It is incorrect to assume that the lightning is caused by the heat, but the term was coined because lightning without thunder usually...
Cloud seeding: An overview
By: Frances Stanford
Cloud seeding refers to an attempt to modify the weather in changing the amount of precipitation that falls from the clouds. Through the process, substances are dispersed into the atmosphere that will alter the amount of condensation that takes place within the clouds. It is...
By: Janet Grischy
Oxygen is actually a poison. It causes runaway chemical reactions that animals try to guard against with anti-oxidant processes. It promotes rust which is a sort of slow burning, and chemical explosions which are a super-fast burn. On the other hand, no human could live...
Thundersnow explained
By: David Dewitt
In the early nineties, I was driving to work early one March morning. I lived out in the country and had about a 15 mile commute to work. However, this particular morning I was driving slowly due to the fact of falling snow, lots of...

 

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