By: Keith Hamburger
When considering why the ocean is salty, the most basic explanation centers on the water cycle, the method by which water is continuously distributed around the Earth.The water cycle is a never-ending process. Since we have to start somewhere, and any cycle, like a...
By: John Traveler
There are probably a lot of people out there who have had a lot more opportunity to be in the close proximity of a lightening strike than I. But when I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Mississippi, lighting was a part of every day...
By: Tammy L Mahan
The site of a tornado is both amazing and terrifying one of Mother Nature's unexpected furies. With very little warning it strikes with awesome power clearing everything in its path, it lifts back in to the air and touches down again maybe only a few...
By: Tammy L Mahan
The Long Island Express Hurricane (named after the incredible rate of speed it was traveling when it hit land.) Also known as The Great Hurricane of 1938 and The 1938 New England Hurricane.On September 21, 1938 a hurricane that started forming in Africa...
By: Matt Berry
"The Cold, Hard Plague"The darkness cast its bold, fierce face across the hazy sky. The sudden drop in temperature heightens the awareness of those in witness to the devastation they are about to behold. The first stones hit the ground with a thud and others...
By: Ben Kritz
"Killer clouds" are a curious weather-related phenomenon that have been fortunately rare occurrences throughout history. They are caused when atmospheric conditions trap hazardous emissions near the Earth's surface, and they can indeed kill. The worst recorded occurrence of a "killer cloud" happened in the summer...
By: Tammy L Mahan
A supercell is the name of the largest and the most severe forms of thunderstorm. They are also referred to as quasi-steady-state storms because they can remain in the same area for several hours due to a balance in the updraft and downdraft organized within...
By: Brandi Carpo
Hurricanes, they are the most severe and destructive category of a tropical cyclone. Spanning 300 miles or more with winds that can exceed 155 mph, this meteorological phenomenon is not only devastating, it also has a unique anatomy unlike any other storm. The structure of...
By: Douglas Black
Weather can be a welcome friend bringing the soft sprinkling of spring rain, or it can be devastatingly destructive, with enough brute force to completely level almost any building in the matter of seconds. Anyone who lives in Oklahoma or Kansas can probably concur that...
By: Ben Kritz
Seawalls can be very effective in protecting areas from the effects of damaging storm surges. They are not infallible; any seawall could conceivably be defeated by the forces of nature, and their effectiveness is determined by where and how well they are built and maintained...

 

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