The biggest snowstorms in Chicago, IL
By: Carl Lorentzen
The Blizzard of ‘67 Nearly everyone in Chicago has said it at one time or another "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes." Well, maybe it wasn’t ten minutes but just two days before the biggest storm in Chicago’s...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
In order to understand how altitude relates to climate and weather, it is necessary to explain the meaning of weather and climate. Weather refers to the conditions present in the atmosphere including humidity, temperature, wind, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, density among other meteorological factors, over a...
Facts about snowflakes
By: Kimberly Napier
As the snow piles up outside the windows, it is hard to imagine that each little snowflake is as individual as a person’s fingerprints. Snow is formed from crystals in the clouds when the temperature is beneath the freezing point. Water droplets freeze on...
By: Elizabeth M Young
When snow piles up, it piles up either directly on the ground or in layers that form over time. When the snow builds up on a slope that is about 30 degrees or steeper and it becomes deep enough for something to cause it to...
By: Michael Totten
The majority of tornadoes in the United States stay on the ground for less than 5 miles. It is unusual for tornadoes to have a path of longer than 30 miles. Many of the longest tornado damage paths are caused by multiple tornadoes from a...
By: Keith Redfern
Radiation can be defined as a process whereby energy (or heat) is transferred by some sort of wave motion. Wave motion varies according to the length of the waves concerned. Thus, related to the title, solar radiation is short wave radiation, whereas terrestrial radiation, otherwise...
By: Keith Redfern
An air mass is a large body of air with a generally uniform temperature and moisture level. Such a mass can extend over 100 miles or more horizontally and have a height of between 9,000 and 16,000 kilometers (5600 - 10,000 miles)...
What makes the color of the aurora borealis
By: Rex Trulove
The aurora borealis or northern lights awe most people who see them. In northern skies, they appear as flashes, ribbons or blankets of color that seem to undulate and ripple through the skies. The lights are also colorful, varying between green, various hues of blue...
By: Shanan King
The seemingly magical apparition in the sky of different kinds of rainbows has mesmerized many eyes over the millennia. In the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, the rainbow was a sign from God that He would never again flood the earth destroying its inhabitants...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Auroras (northern lights) are brilliant displays of light that appear in the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the world. Auroras are caused by the collision of charged particles coming from the Sun and atoms in the thermosphere. Auroras most often occur near the equinoxes (spring...

 

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