hot

When Is Hot Hot?

When is it hot and when is it not?  Different people will react to temperature differently and we are also affected by what we are wearing and what we are doing.  Variations in sunshine, humidity, and wind all can change how we feel at any given temperature.  Spend an hour gardening in the sun while…
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Fakes

It happens every spring and summer.  Thunderstorms descend on some part of the country and generate national news.  Shortly thereafter, pictures begin to circulate via emails and social media depicting incredible and unusual images of the storms. Often enough, the images are so incredible and unusual that any meteorologist can identify them as fakes.  Some…
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cloud

Why Don’t Clouds Fall?

Clouds are made of water droplets and ice crystals.  Have you ever wondered why these make clouds in the sky instead of just falling to the ground?  Even a small cumulus cloud can weigh hundreds of tons. But clouds droplets and crystals remain airborne because they are not connected to each other and, individually, are…
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tornado

Hard, Fast Tornado Facts

More than 90 per cent of tornado deaths happen in tornadoes with damage ratings of EF2 or greater.  But about 90 per cent of tornadoes are rated lower than EF2.  This means the overwhelming majority of tornadoes don’t kill anybody. Over the past four years, the average annual number of tornado fatalities nationally is 52. …
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lightning

Plasma

In addition to being a huge spark, lightning is a plasma. It is a column of electrons flowing through the air to even out electrical charge.  The molecules of air that it passes through light up with energy. What we see as lightning is actually the air giving off electrons and photons. Photons are the…
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