How hurricanes are named
By: Laura S.
While middle-latitude cyclones help transfer heat and moisture pole ward and bring colder and drier air Equator ward, Hurricanes and their counterparts in other locales all within a broad class of storms known as tropical cyclones, move incredible amounts of tropical heat and moisture toward...
The consequences of using alternative energy
By: M E Skeel
Twenty years ago we got tired of waiting for someone else to do something about alternative energy and we went solar. We live a long way from the grid and in a climate that has lots of sunny days so it was an easy choice...
Lightning conductors and thunderclouds
By: Cynthia Wall
My grandfather was a college physics professor who devoted his life to lightning research. I grew up in a household where electrical theory was a common dinner table conversation, but the most memorable teacher on the subject of lightning was Mother Nature herself.I was...
Facts on monsoonic winds
By: Cynthia Wall
Nothing grows without water and for the people of India, agriculture yields 25% of the country's income. Their crops of cotton, rice, oilseeds, and coarse grains receive 80% of their moisture from the annual summer monsoon. If the rains arrive even a few days late...
Defining heat lightning
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Heat lightning seems to be a very misunderstood term. Sometimes even the experts have a hard time explaining the phenomena. Often times sheet lightning and heat lighting are confused, so let's get down to the nuts and bolts.Heat lightning is the flash of lightening...
The effects of sunlight on our lives
By: Joseph Malek
Without the life giving light and radiation from our Sun there is a good possibility that none of you would be reading this story. Yes, all of us, if we were alive would now be living near a thermal vent at the bottom of an...
How a snowstorm develops
By: Laura S.
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.SnowstormsWhile light snowfalls occur often, these are typically mostly a concern for travel (e.g. car, plane, or school bus). These events do not usually...
Air and its components
By: robert lowrey
While doing research to write a composition on the composition of air, I made the mistake of asking Dr. Gimbal Glosspan , the British Specialist in Atmospheric Compounds, while we were at the hot air balloon show in New Mexico, what the constituents of air were...
Cloud seeding: An overview
By: Lynda Lampert
Cloud Seeding: The Modern RainmakerSince time began, the fate of civilizations has hinged on the weather. From flood to famine, our lives have been determined by when it rains, when it becomes cold, and the important spring thaw. Modern science has come up with a...
By: Virginia Gaces
During cold weather your primary concern is usually your children. This is because children are more vulnerable to cold and heat than adults. How could you prepare your children for bad weather? The following are pointers in preparing them: 1. Teach them the ABCs of...

 

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