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...
By: Mark Hopkins
Most people are familiar with the notion that thunderstorms occur due to extreme convection, rapidly rising columns of air which produce cumulonimbus, anvil shaped, clouds which can reach a height of 10,000 meters. Often, the heating of the land by the summer sun is...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
A quirk of geology makes the Midwestern United States a perfect spawning ground for powerful tornados. The unique arrangement of North America's mountain ranges creates the world's most prolific source of severe weather, commonly known as "Tornado Alley."Most of the continents on Earth have...
By: Debra Steele
A hurricane is one type of a tropical storm that is a circulation of winds that form on the surface of a body of water accompanied by thunderstorms. There must be a surface temperature greater than 80 degrees, and a little wind shear has to...
By: Meg A Wright
The power and destruction of one hurricane is enough to cripple a large city. But imagine what the effect of two hurricanes rotating as one would be. This is the phenomenon called the Fujiwhara effect.Best described as a stormy waltz, Dr. Sakuhei Fujiwhara wrote...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
If you live in the Midwestern United States, you've probably seen them: towering cumulonimbus anvil clouds rising into a sky colored with the palette of bruised skin- sickly green, purple, or orange-brown. One glance at these phenomena is enough to tell any observer: tornado weather...
By: Shawna Blake
Dark, looming clouds sweeping across the sky, threatening to burst. With this, they will unleash a torrent of heavy rain and booming thunder laced with electrical streaks of lightening. Thunder storms are a normal occurrence, especially in the early fall, and during the late spring...
By: Laurie Childree
Names are given to tropical storms when they reach a wind speed of thirty-nine miles per hour because there can be more than one at a time it helps weather forecasters to differentiate between them. The National Hurricane Center has six lists from which names...

 

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