By: Douglas Black
In the business of weather a squall could be nothing more than a sharp burst of wind accompanied by a few other meteorological elements, like rain, thunderstorms or some snow. These short-lived conditions are usually identified by the condition of precipitation such as a "snow...
By: Victoria Dame
I guess the best definition for Tornado Alley is the location of where the strongest tornadoes occur most frequently. The land in central US produces the most tornadoes mainly because it is flat which allows cold dry polar air from Canada to meet the warm...
By: Jane Allyson
It is not a question that would immediately spring to mind, but how many of you realize that being injured through lightening strikes or even killed by one, is a reality that many Americans have to face each year?Each year approximately 65 - 80...
By: Trisha Orlando
Picture it: September 3, 1970 - Coffeyville, Kansas. A hailstone weighing 1.67 pounds, with a diameter of 5.5 inches, hit the ground at an estimated speed of 100 m.p.h. It was officially recorded as the heaviest hailstone to hit the ground...
By: Douglas Black
Many storms come and go, leaving an endless trail of destruction and shattered dreams, but only a few such events reach legendary stature among its counterparts. These storms roll in like an apocalyptic insurgent, consuming anything and everything without prejudice or reason. These dark monsters...
By: S. F. Heron
It's 1955. A hurricane hunter aircraft heads into the center of Hurricane Janet in the Caribbean. Armed with basic radar and scopes for measuring waves and wind, the team is collecting important meteorological data for the Weather Bureau. The 9 crewmen and 2 journalists were...
By: Suzie Jane
According to the NOAA 75 to 80 percent of all lightning happens inside the storm clouds and does not strike Earth. However, when it does hit land or objects it can be deadly. Most of us are taught from a young age to seek shelter...
By: Suzie Jane
Before there was satellite and Doppler radar the hurricane hunters flew missions over the oceans to find and track tropical storms. From 1945 to 1975 the U.S. Navy had squadron of crews and airplanes that they used. Since 1944 the 403rd Wing of the...
By: Meg A Wright
They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but once it still too many times for a person hit by a lightning strike. Many times people don't realize they have been struck. In the United States a reported 67 people die from strikes...
By: S. F. Heron
The greatest natural disaster in the history of the United States was caused by storm surge. In September 1900, an unnamed hurricane brought sustained winds over 120 mph and a 15 1/2-foot storm surge to Galveston Island, Texas. No part of the island was left...

 

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