By: Ben Kritz
Thanks to news coverage of hurricanes and other major storms, almost everyone has heard the term "storm surge," and most people have at least some notion of what a storm surge is, at least to the extent that the words "storm" and "surge" together...
By: Suzie Jane
Thunderstorms form from three ingredients, moisture, instability in the air and sources of lift. The warm water in large oceans like the Atlantic and Pacific and the gulfs are the major contributors of moisture to thunderstorms. The instable air can come from a few sources...
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: Chiranjibi Paudyal
"Water,water everywhere but not a drop to drink",has become true in the context of the present day world specially in the developing countries where there is huge sources of water but people have to drink dirty and polluted water of the canals, streams...
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...

 

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