Why the Arctic is seeing thinner sea ice
By: Ted Sherman
According to many recent scientific studies, Arctic sea ice is thinning. However, the amount of loss depends on which report you believe is the most accurate. Some scientists insist that over the past decade an alarming 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has disappeared...
Distance of lightning: Determining the distance of a thunderstorm
By: Jillian Jacobs
Quickly estimating the distance of a thunderstorm is relatively simple. After you see the flash of lightning (either the familiar zigzag or a sudden flash of light), count off the seconds until you hear the thunder, then divide that number by five. The result is...
By: Cameron Scott
Imagine living in a place so cold that you don't dare take a breath without a scarf and balaclava to protect you, because the air would freeze your lungs. Just imagine living in a place where your spit crackles and turns to frost in the...
By: Cameron Scott
Everyday life in many mountain towns would be completely impossible without avalanche control. Major roads and rail links would have to be shut down every winter and for most of the spring and fall as well. Recreational skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and climbing would be out...
Anatomy of a low pressure area
By: Perry McCarney
The lowest and densest portion of the Earth's atmosphere is called the troposphere. It extends from the surface of the world's seas to between 8 and 18 kilometres (5 to 11 miles) above the Earth's surface depending on latitude (distance from the equator); closer to...
By: Marisol Dayton
On December 26, 2010, snow fell from Florida to Maine. Atlanta received three inches, North Carolina eight, places like Boston had over two feet, and even parts of Florida saw snow flurries. And that was only in December! What can the southern regions expect in...
By: Lenna Gonya
Mark Twain is sometimes credited for the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change.“ He was talking about New England, but that statement could fit many parts of the country. That is what weather does...
By: Cameron Scott
Weather is the rain, snow, sunshine, or wind you can see happening right outside the window. It also includes all kinds of measurements such as temperature and humidity. It's immediate and it's exact. The difference between weather and climate is that weather is what you...
By: Marisol Dayton
On New Year’s Eve 2010 a rare outbreak of tornadoes devastated parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi. The little town of Cincinnatti, Arkansas was leveled. Seven people lost their lives, three in Arkansas and four in Missouri. In larger towns tornado sirens warned residents...
By: Cameron Scott
A nor'easter is a strong cyclonic storm which travels up the East Coast of the United States and Canada. They happen most often in winter because they feed off cold air, although nor'easters can happen at any time of year. When the centre of the...

 

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