By: W D Adkins
Each year, the ocean waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the eastern Atlantic begin to warm up. By late spring they reach a temperature of 27 degrees C (80 degrees Fahrenheit) to a depth of 125 feet or more below the surface. This is...
By: S. F. Heron
Just the word "squall" sounds ominous, bringing to mind visions of chaos and mayhem. In reality, squalls are sudden violent storms featuring straight-line winds and severe thunderstorms. There can be squalls in the winter but generally, squall lines form during the spring and early summer...
By: Tenebris
The term 'killer cloud' has been assigned to various cloudlike atmospheric formations which have resulted in great and often rapid loss of life. While occasionally the term has colloquially been used for tornadic cumulonimbus clouds, especially those which have resulted in particularly deadly tornadoes, it...
By: S. F. Heron
Towering dark gray clouds reach into the sky in the distance. A top-hat shaped formation appears above the column of clouds. The edges of the cloud mass are puffy and rolled up. The front of the air mass curves as it slopes to the ground...
By: Paul Lines
Rumours have abounded for over one and a half centuries about the year or years that the Niagara Falls froze, but did it really happen?The Niagara falls, being the second largest in the world following the Victoria Falls in South Africa, span the Canadian/US...
By: Paul Lines
It was 21 September 1938. The time was 10am, the place Long Island. Though the winds were strong, most people were not concerned because the previous day had been worse in that respect. Not much later, eighteen-year-old Arthur Raynor, a resident of Westhampton saw birds...
By: W D Adkins
We've all heard weather reporters warn "a line of thunderstorms is moving through our area." It's a summertime routine in some areas. What the television reporter is describing is technically known as a "squall line." Squall lines can occur at any time of...
By: Paul Lines
According to various reports, there have been a number of cases where people have survived an incident of actually being struck by lightening. In some cases these people have suffered little more than minor burns, whilst in others it has played games with their mental...
By: Meg A Wright
The jet stream is an amazing phenomenon of weather. From cold winter storms, to warm spring rains, the jet streams bring weather changes to parts of the earth. There are two jet streams in the Northern Hemisphere: The Polar Jet Stream and the less known...
By: Jane Allyson
Weather is created due to the day by changes in the atmosphere, and the motion of the earth spin, drags the atmosphere around with it, with the overall result being a combination of global patterns of wind which follow a regular yearly cycle. Wind is...

 

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