An explanation of hurricane categories
By: Bradford Guay
Hurricanes are a major threat to both life and property for those living in coastal areas. However, to understand just how threatening a storm is, you must understand the scale on which they are rated. In the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans, hurricanes are rated...
By: Bradford Guay
Freezing rain is one of the most deadly and destructive forms of winter weather. Unlike snow and sleet, which fall from the sky and simply pile up on the surface, freezing rain creates a deadly layer of ice. There are a few basic elements that...
By: Christine Lorraine
Tropical cyclones occur when a complex set of atmospheric conditions combine and advance to produce violent weather.The generic term "tropical cyclone" encompasses hurricanes, typhoons, tropical storms, depressions and disturbances. These disruptive low-pressure weather systems that occur in moist tropical air have a measurable wind...
How local TV weathercasts are prepared
By: Bradford Guay
Contrary to popular belief, TV weathermen don’t have their forecast made by someone else. Instead, they must start from scratch and formulate the entire forecast all on their own. This can be quite a difficult task, especially when severe weather is threatening. Typically, a...
By: Brad Vandenheuvel
A hurricane can be extremely destructive and dangerous, leaving nothing but ruin in its path. In the most powerful of hurricanes, it is nearly impossible for homeowners to fully protect all of their property, but by taking a few simple precautions damage can be limited...
By: GCBourque
Under certain conditions, powerful winds form over the Sahara desert in North Africa and move northward and eastward across the Mediterranean Sea. On their journey, the winds pick up moisture and blow humidity and heat into many countries on the north shore of the Mediterranean...
An introduction to a tornado watch
By: B. J. Deming
Every year, new residents of tornado-prone areas of the United States have to learn very quickly what to look out for during storm season. Fortunately, there are professionals at the local and national level who keep a close eye on the weather and are always...
A scientific explanation of how floods occur
By: John Welford
Flooding of land and buildings causes enormous damage in many countries across the world, incurring vast expense as well as causing loss of life. Floods that occurred in England in 2007 led to 180,000 insurance claims, against which 3 billion pounds sterling was paid...
A scientific explanation of how floods occur
By: Matt Bird
Floods constitute one of the easier environmental phenomena to describe. A flood is, in no uncertain terms, an excess of water hitting a particular location at one time. Water levels rise far beyond normal, and anything on the land that the flood is hitting is...
By: Suzanne Rose
Floods are one of the most powerful – and deadly – forces on earth, claiming more lives in the United States than any other weather phenomena. It is vital to understand the scientific principles behind flooding so as to aid in their prevention and protect...

 

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