An overview on cloud formation
By: Leigh-Ann Andersen
Clouds have often been the source of prophecies and daydreams. They are beautiful, mystical, and fun to watch during a lazy afternoon. However, the formation and classification of clouds is a very scientific process. The Formation of Clouds Clouds are formed when water evaporates and...
By: L.B. Woodgate
I was always a spectator rather than a participant when it came to science fairs in school. My only memory of actively contributing to anything that resembled a science project came in the 7th grade. What attracted me I suspect was how easy it was:...
By: Lenna Gonya
Everyone associates the term Nor’easter with terrible storms and large amounts of snow that occur along the eastern seaboard. While these winter storms may bring violent winds and heavy snows, and are more common during cooler weather, they can actually occur any time of...
Comparing the different types of snow storms
By: Eric Puravs
A winter storm warning means you should be prepared for 6 inches of snow or 1/4th inch of ice. The National Weather Service displays it's warnings on this web site. There are different types of snow storms in different areas of the country. A winter...
By: Lenna Gonya
Air masses carry with them the characteristics of whatever part of the country in which they form. These systems form over specific areas, usually where the land is relatively level and the wind is calm. Known as source regions, these areas may produce air masses...
What is the difference between weather and climate?
By: Leigh-Ann Andersen
In today’s world, with the constant discussions regarding global warming and climate change, the terms ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ are often used interchangeably. Though these two words are closely related, and can describe many similar phenomena, they are not the same. The best...
By: Douglas Chappell
You’ve heard the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change.” Changing weather is so common it’s used as a metaphor. “His temperament changes like the weather.” So why is everyone...
How severe weather is identified and tracked
By: Eric Puravs
Severe weather is identified and tracked in many different ways. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has centers for tracking severe storms in Norman, Oklahoma and Miami, Florida which gather and analyze the observations of weather stations to predict the areas where severe weather...
What is the Antarctic Pole of Inaccesability
By: Anthony Megna
The Antarctic actually has a few "poles" on the continent. There is the south pole, which is the point of the Earth that is the exact opposite of the north pole, or the very bottom of the Earth. In 1911, explorer Roald Amundsen and his...
By: Lenna Gonya
Back in the days before modern meteorology, predicting severe weather was pretty much a hit and miss science. While many trained weather experts were able to estimate and predict the arrival of hurricanes or blizzards due to changes in barometric pressure, wind velocity and direction...

 

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