DIY guide to making an anemometer
By: Stefani A
Meteorologists have a lot of tools they use to monitor and predict the weather to keep the public informed on what to expect when they walk out the door. An anemometer is one of those tools. It is used to measure the wind speed. As...
How forest fires change local weather patterns
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Forest fires, or wildfires, change local weather patterns by adding heat and smoke to existing weather patterns. Fire needs three things to burn: heat, oxygen and combustible material, like vegetation. Dr. Terry Clark has devised a computer model that helps firefighters make better decisions about...
How high pressure weather systems form
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Most people will take a minute to watch or listen to the weather forecast. Often people have heard terms like high pressure system, low pressure and the general thoughts that the weatherman share. It would be interesting to know if the general public really understands...
By: Donna Hicks
National Parks in the United States attract millions of visitors annually. The natural beauty and mystique at national parks most likely leaves many visitors in awe. But potential visitors will want to research the temperatures in order to be properly dressed if planning a trip...
By: Donna Hicks
Forest fires have a reputation for occurring fairly regularly in some areas of the United States and certain areas around the world. Left behind after the fire is devastation and death. The loss of nature’s beauty, wildlife, natural habitats, homes and even lives of...
Tornado Alley explained
By: Sam Smart
"Tornado Alley" is a nickname given for the central United States. This has to do with a relatively high number of tornadoes there, not necessarily how large or severe they are. While tornadoes have occurred in all fifty states, the more frequent tornadoes spawn in...
What causes clouds to sometimes appear black
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Clouds are formed when water vapor stemming from the surface of oceans, rivers and lakes evaporates, rises and reaches the dew point in the upper atmosphere. the condensation of water vapor creates the clouds. Sometimes, a cloud may appear dark or dark gray in its...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Jet streams are very fast moving air currents flowing in narrow paths in the Earth´s atmosphere. Jet streams are several hundreds of miles long and less than one mile thick. Jet streams form in a region between the troposphere and the stratosphere called the...
When and where do tornadoes most frequently occur?
By: Erika Beyer
A tornado is part of a convective storm which is not limited to any specific geographic location (barring Antarctica). Generally, the most favorable environment for tornadoes is between 30 and 50 degrees in northern and southern latitudes. Heavy storm activity, which causes tornadoes occur when...
The role of air temperature in thundercloud formation
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Thunderstorms often form during warm and sunny days; most commonly during the months of spring, summer and fall. Thunderstorms usually go through three distinct stages during their development: a formation stage, a mature stage and a dissipation stage. For a thunderstorm to form, it needs...

 

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