An overview on hurricane categories
By: Olivia Kay
Hurricane season comes around year after year, June 1 to November 30 in the Atlantic region and May 15 to November 30 in the Eastern Pacific. During this time, tropical storms can turn to ravaging hurricanes with only little advance warning. People living in island...
By: Melanie Siminick
Hurricanes are a potentially devastating fact of life for many people living in coastal and surrounding areas in the United States and throughout the world. When you are a resident of one of these zones, it becomes important to prepare well in advance of a...
By: TL Carter
Hurricanes, and their tropical cousins, cyclones, are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, storm surge, central pressure, damage potential. Building codes, local and federal emergency management systems, and even building and discount chains use what is known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale...
The rainiest cities in North America
By: Sam Smart
The old cliché, "When it rains, it pours," can become truly evident in some parts of North America, particularly for marine coasts. Although there are a number of days with dry weather for the marine West Coast, the reason it seems to rain a...
By: Jennifer R. Povey
Alternative energy is a hot button issue these days. Wind power is often considered one of the better options. It provides clean energy with little expenditure after the initial capital to build the turbines. Individual households and farms can use wind power, but massive wind...
Geomagnetic field going wild: Winter superstorms likely
By: Terrence Aym
NASA and the ESA agree the Earth is going into an extended cooling period in the years ahead. Some experts even believe it could thrust the Northern Hemisphere into a mini-Ice Age lasting decades. But the winter of 2011 to 2012 may shape up to...
How lightning is formed
By: Richard Serra
Throughout the ages, man has feared lightning, but yet was in awe of its spectacular light show that it puts on. When we see that a storm is on the horizon, and it's one of those balmy summer days, you can always bet there are...
By: Carisa Silvesan
Anyone who smokes cigars knows what a hygrometer is. Anyone looking to become a cigar smoker will need to know what a hygrometer is. It is a way to test the humidity of the cigar itself. Why is this important? Well, cigars are usually enjoyed...
How to understand the Koppen climate chart
By: Sam Smart
The Köppen climate classification system is a chart which describes different climates throughout the world. The chart, named after Russian-born climatologist, Wladimir Köppen, was developed in 1918. He kept refining the chart until his death in 1936, the year Köppen chart would...
By: Gemma L. Reece
Wherever a mountain or mountain range is situated, there is an area of dry or barren land to the downwind side; this is the rain shadow, a meteorological effect which is effected by geographical features and is known to occur the world over, the rain...

 

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