The snowiest cities in the world
By: Cameron Scott
It's a common assumption that the city of Buffalo, in the United States, has got to be one of the snowiest cities in the world. However, with only 232 centimetres annually, it doesn't even make most lists. We're also talking about the snowiest cities, not...
How does hail form?
By: Carol Smock
The same clouds that spawn thunderstorms and tornadoes also can produce hail. They are cumulonimbus clouds, the classic anvil-shaped forms that can reach from 30,000 feet altitude to 60,000 feet. That is very cold territory. They also house strong updrafts of air. And...
A look at the acoustic properties of snow
By: Carol Smock
Stand in a field when new snow has covered the hillsides and you feel it, a sort of hush that comes over the landscape. It isn’t just imagination or the appreciation of a beautiful sight. Newly fallen snow absorbs sounds due to the trapped...
How to build a green home
By: Cate Ferguson
When you are considering green home building or renovating and remodelling it can sometimes be difficult to know just where to begin. A good place to start, is to do a bit of a brainstorming exercise. This will help you get a lot clearer on...
By: Morgan Carlson
The importance of clean and readily available water is as necessary for the present as it is for the future. All countries, regardless of their location should promote clean water acts within their own boundaries and expect their neighbors to honor the same practice. Landlocked...
The difference between tides and water currents
By: Sharon O'Connell
Whether you are an avid sailor or a recreational boater, being out on the water can be safer and more enjoyable when you know common nautical terms. The language used in the boating world is different from what is used by land lubbers. While it...
By: Lenna Gonya
On the surface, alternative energy seems like the best solution for everyone’s energy problems. Certainly “getting off the grid” is an attractive idea, and one that most people would welcome. It is, but only if it can be done effectively, and economically.Anyone...
An introduction to energy flow in ecosystems
By: Anna Moncrief
The flow of energy can be modeled in several simple ways. However, in order to discuss these models, we first have to look at some underlying concepts. Let’s look first at the laws of thermodynamics. These are three rules that explain the movement and...
Why do thunder and lightning so often go together?
By: Matt Bird
Lightning and thunder. Two peas in a pod, always traveling together to create misery and annoyance for the lot of us (not to mention a certain amount of awe - it's tough not to feel overwhelmed during a lightning storm). But why do these two...
The theory of lightning and thunder
By: Matt Bird
To say that there's a 'theory' behind lightning and thunder is a bit of a fallacy these days because science has, at the very least, more or less figured out thunder. Lightning is still a bit of a mystery, or at least the process by...

 

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