The formation of clouds
By: Matt Bird
Clouds are an ever-present feature of much of Earth's geography. Floating in the sky, often harmlessly, clouds don't have much bearing on our lives - aside from dictating when we need to pull out our jackets or umbrellas, or in some cases run for cover...
A simple explanation of rain
By: Matt Bird
Rain is a common phenomenon in most parts of the world, save those that are very hot and very dry. Scientifically speaking it's the falling of precipitation from the sky in the form of water droplets; in layman's terms, rain is water from the heavens...
Characteristics of Cumulonimbus clouds
By: Matt Bird
Of all the clouds that appear in the sky, cumulonimbus clouds are the ones that garner the most attention from people on the ground, and are often the ones that are most readily named. There's a good reason for this, too, for depending on your...
How to identify bad weather clouds
By: Matt Bird
Nature is unpredictable, and the weather is no big exception to that rule. It's tough to figure out, just based on the appearance of a day, what might happen in an hour or two. If you're trying to figure out whether rain or other poor...
The different types of clouds
By: Matt Bird
To say that there are different types of clouds may strike some readers as a little odd. Clouds come in varieties? Preposterous! They're just a bunch of big, white and gray fuzzy things in the sky. Case closed. Or perhaps not at all. Indeed, clouds...
How to identify the varieties of high clouds
By: Matt Bird
At first glance, most clouds probably seem to all be at roughly the elevation. They're high, and that's the end of the discussion, right? Not necessarily. Indeed, some clouds are surprisingly low to the ground - fog, for example, is a cloud that's right in...
A simple explanation of lightning
By: Matt Bird
For many people, the only explanation needed for lightning is that it's a bad thing. Hearing the thunder it creates is bad, seeing it is bad, and getting hit by it is DEFINITELY bad. Other, more curious folk may actually want to know how lightning...
What causes foggy weather?
By: Matt Bird
For some, fog is an atmospheric condition that almost never manifests itself. For others, it is an omnipresent nuisance that makes traveling anywhere slightly riskier than usual, if not downright hazardous. As annoying as you consider fog, though, how much do you actually know about...
Difference between sleet and freezing rain
By: Matt Bird
Sleet, freezing rain. Sleet, freezing rain. Sleet, freezing rain. Some people, even weather men and women on the news, will use these two terms interchangeably, as though they're the same thing. And they're not too far off, truth be told - though the difference is...
What is freezing rain?
By: Matt Bird
Meteorologically speaking, rain is pretty simple: it's falling water. So, too, is snow, which is frozen falling water and forms small flakes. There are several forms that cross between these two, however, that may cause a bit of confusion, and one of those things is...

 

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