How a squall line is formed
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
A squall line is a long line of thunderstorms. They are formed by a common lifting mechanism. So what are those lifting mechanisms? They include fronts, gravity waves, outflow boundaries, and isentropic lifting.Squall lines normally form in conditions of instability, moisture, and lift. Usually...
By: Tammy L Mahan
A tropical storm is an "an intense thunderstorm, categorized by extremely low pressure and cyclonic wind rotation."Many people confuse a tropical storm as being a collective name for the storms that develop as a result of a tropical storm such as a hurricane.The...
By: Harriet Lee
A "killer cloud," swept over the British Isles in the spring of 1783. This huge natural disaster caused a mass of devastation yet appears to have been forgotten about in British history. Not so for Iceland who lost up to a third of their...
By: Ben Kritz
There are two separate but related issues to consider in assessing severe weather alert systems. The first is the accuracy of the observations and forecasting of the weather, and the second is the effectiveness of disseminating that information to the authorities and the public so...
By: Meg A Wright
"What a lovely gentle breeze there is outside today," someone spoke to a friend in hearing distance of me.Turning to face them I replied, "Well, actually a gentle breeze is between 3 and 5 mph, whereas the way the limbs on that nearby...
By: W D Adkins
As fearsome as the high winds of a hurricane can be, the storm surge (or storm tide) often causes the most death and destruction. A storm surge is the above-normal rise in sea level produced by the storm and in severe cases can become a...
By: Eve Redstone
In 1921 the Japanese meteorologist Dr. Sakuhei Fujiwara published a scientific paper concerning the movement of vortexes in and over water, one of the effects he described was later named after him as the Fujiwara effect.Fujiwara described this effect without the benefit of weather...
By: Shawna Blake
A gentle breeze floats softly atop your head, then picks up speed with each passing moment. Darkness ensues, accompanied by a whirling wind that shakes the otherwise solid ground that you stand on, sending shivers down your spine, and making the hair on your neck...
By: Laurie Childree
Developed by Sir Francis Beaufort in 1805 the Beaufort Wind Scale is now the standard by which all wind and storms are measured. The scale which is used to determine the wind speed starts at zero for calm and goes all the way to twelve...
By: Douglas Black
When a storm spews forward hard packed ice pellets and hail, insurance companies cower in wait for the onslaught of claims to roll in; storm chasers race forward hoping to catch a glimpse of a tornado being formed, and farmers continue to curse the dreaded...

 

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