By: Jeff Parsons
In the 1970’s, the British Antarctic Survey was startled to discover that there was a hole in the Antarctic ozone layer. This was unexpected, and quite alarming, for the ozone layer protects us from the sun’s dangerous Ultraviolet Rays (UV-B). Since then, research...
By: Jeff Parsons
Why do people drive in a flood? Essentially, they believe that they’re safe; rain happens often enough, everyone knows how to drive through water, and if you have to, you can always just swim to dry land, so, what’s the problem, really? Unfortunately...
By: Lenna Gonya
You’ve probably noticed that thunderstorms are not uncommon in late afternoon after a particularly hot summer day, especially when the air is sticky with humidity. Thunderstorms rely on warmth and humidity to develop, so the spring and summer months provide all the ingredients they...
By: Timmy Duncan
Along with the warm temperatures and humidity of the summer months, thunderstorms also become a frequent and familiar part of the summer landscape. The dark and foreboding clouds, the rumble of distant thunder, and flashes of bright lightning all become regular parts of the scenery...
By: Timmy Duncan
With flash floods listed as the number one cause of weather related fatalities, driving in flood waters is simply far too dangerous to ever be deemed worth the considerable risk. The vast majority of these fatalities are a direct result of the driver trying to...
By: Lenna Gonya
The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed in 1971 by Herbert Saffir, a civil engineer, and meteorologist Bob Simpson, former director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It was introduced in 1973, and has since become the best known guide for describing individual hurricanes to the...
By: Marisol Dayton
Thunderstorms can form anywhere in the world, but usually occur most often in areas where warm air and cool air meet such as subtropical regions around the world. They develop from the fast, upward movement of warm, moist air and can occur inside warm, moist...
By: Ramona Taylor
Between April and May of each year, federal forecasters predict hurricane activity for the upcoming season. Unlike weather watchers of old, today’s forecasters have historical data, technology and research to help them make accurate weather predictions. In the case of severe weather, such as...
By: Ramona Taylor
Predictions have moved from the realm of the fortune tellers to modern meteorologists. Instead of crystal balls and rheumatoid conditions, modern forecasters use barometers, satellites and Doppler radar to predict everything from heat waves to major storms. However, with all the science and gadgets, today's...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The BP oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico presents challenges that have been faced before, but it also presents challenges that are new and unprecedented, making any bio-remediation and cleanup something that will require innovation, creativity and even inventions that do not exist at...

 

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