Overview: National Science Foundation
By: Glen Brizius
The National Science Foundation (NSF, based in Arlington, Virginia) was created by Congress in 1950. It's an independent federal agency, with the stated goal "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; [and] to secure the national defense". It's...
Why lightning is the most spectacular and frightening element of a thunderstorm
By: Norman A. Rubin
On one foul night my wife and myself were engrossed in watching an oldie horror film starring both Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, a film filled with lots of scary stuff with a background of a Bach organ piece adding to the mystery. As the...
An environmental assessment: The safety of nuclear reactors
By: James Harris - 554809
Nuclear reactors are, by their nature, very unsafe. The process of nuclear fission that occurs in them is very radioactive like the element that is used most Uranium. This has a large effect on the surrounding ecosystem. In Japan where the nuclear bombs were dropped...
Thundersnow explained
By: Jennifer Macon-Steele
Have you ever been watching a snowstorm when you’ve heard a loud rumble in the sky? Have you ever been out sledding when the snow is coming down hard and thought you heard the sounds of distant thunder? Have you ever wondered why you...
By: Richard Serra
For thousands of years, volcanoes were thought to be as a result of angry Gods, and could never be thought of as a natural occurrence that has been going on since the forming of the planet. They are pretty mysterious when you think of it...
What is summer weather like in the Artic?
By: Kris Kennedy
Summer in the Arctic Land of the Midnight sun remains an unlikely location for snow birders to return even for the summer. The views or worshipers of the sun may want to see the sights of the midnight sun, but you will need to bring...
By: Elizabeth M Young
"Storm Chasers" is a reality television series that premiered on The Discovery channel in 2007. Set in "Tornado Alley" in the United States, the show has captured the hearts and minds of anyone who was fascinated by the 1996 film "Twister", or who has experienced...
By: Elizabeth M Young
For a heat wave to be declared, a generally prolonged period of high temperatures and humidity must be established. One day or more constitutes a prolonged period, but it is common for heat waves to last for periods that go from several days to several...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The San Andreas fault traverses the Western edge of California, beginning at the Mexican border, easing toward the West, and ending at Eureka, CA. This monster has been the source of absolute concern, as it transects two of the world's megalopolises: the Bay Area complex...
How weather affects tourism in the Caribbean
By: James Johnson
Sun and fun are why tourists come to the Caribbean. The warmth of the people and proximity to North America and Europe are important, but weather is what drives business to, and from the West Indies! How exactly does weather effect life down amongst the...

 

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