What Is A Polar Vortex & Why All The Hype?


It seems like the media has helped make the words polar vortex another popular weather phrase that everyone is using now to describe really cold weather events. Don't forget, there was also snowicane, snowpocalypse and snowmageddon... It may just be me, but there's much more fuss about cold weather these days than there used to be. The Weather Channel didn't help when they started naming winter weather systems during the 2012/13 winter season. … [Read more...]

How To Prevent A Heart Attack When Snow Shoveling – Tips That Could Save Your Life!


Shoveling snow can feel like moving a ton of bricks sometimes.There's a reason people call that wet, heavy white stuff heart attack snow.  Shoveling Snow And Heart Attacks According to the American Journal of Cardiology and Lancet, the number of ischemic heart disease deaths rose by 22% during the week of a major blizzard and stayed above average for the following 8 days.A study from the Centers for Disease Control suggests 1,200 Americans die during or after a blizzard … [Read more...]

Fall Foliage Map Guide: Find The Best Fall Colors In Your Neck Of The Woods


When Labor Day beckons and the pumpkin spice coffee starts to hit Starbucks and Wawa stores in my neck of the woods, my mind turns to cool mornings, colorful leaves, and looking for a good fall foliage map.Even here in Central Florida, we actually do experience a delicious taste of autumn, even if the cooler air doesn't really arrive until October and the leaves aren't as vibrant as they are 500 0r 1,000 miles to the north.Fall foliage in Florida offers a sparse but pretty variety of … [Read more...]

Weather Station Reviews: 3 Home Weather Stations That Are Worth The Money

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Being a weather bug for pretty much all of my life, I've definitely had my share of home weather stations, some of which I really enjoy owning and think are worth the money.Of course, you may be wondering why I keep track of the weather on my own when I can simply turn the local news or Weather Channel on and let the pros make the forecast for me.Well, I do watch the local meteorologists on TV, and yes -- I love the Weather Channel. But I also enjoy watching the weather data feed … [Read more...]

5 Weather Science Facts Many People Get Wrong – Do You?

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I was reading the results of a recent poll that indicated a quarter of Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth, and I was left to wonder just how many science facts people get wrong.Granted, science is a tough subject. For the record, I’m no bona fide scientist. Rather, I’m a lifelong weather bug who loves to research and write about one of my favorite topics. And there are so many fun science facts about meteorology that I’ve learned over the years – some of which are contrary to … [Read more...]

Sun Halos: What Causes A Sun Halo? What Does This Rare Phenomenon Mean?


I was sitting in the office doing my desk work when I got a call from my dad, who works outdoors at a nearby theme park. “Go outside and look up,” he told me. The dutiful son (most times, anyway) that I am, that’s precisely what I did.Upon stepping outside and looking up, I spied a beautiful, large sun halo.I snapped about 2 dozen photos of the sun halo with my smart phone and proceeded to head back inside so I could find out more about this incredible phenomenon.As a life-long … [Read more...]

4 Sizzling Facts About Summer Weather That May Surprise You!


Down in Florida, where I live, we seem to have summer weather for about 8 months out of the year. My friends up north say they’re lucky if they see any signs of summer for more than a few weeks at a time.Of course, no matter where you live in the United States, sooner or later, hot, summer weather will find you -- even if only for a short period of time.But when exactly is summer? What causes summer weather? And what's up with those "dog days" of summer? … [Read more...]

When Is Tornado Season? Tornado Facts + Answers To Your Top Tornado Questions


Is there a tornado season?The answer is “yes" with a BIG asterisk.  That asterisk? Tornado season in your part of the country may be different than in another region of the United States.You see, unlike hurricanes, which generally form between June 1 and November 30 (a timeframe known as hurricane season), there is not really a defined “season” for tornadoes, per se.Tornadoes can develop at any time in the year (hurricanes can, too, though they are extremely rare from December … [Read more...]

4 Awesome Sky Events You Can See Without A Telescope – Here’s When & Where To View Them!

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Do you enjoy watching sky events?Outer space weather is always fun to observe and, best of all, it will never force you to open your umbrella… unless a couple falling meteorites decide to rain on your parade, that is.While you may not always hear about sky events on the local weather forecast, there’s pretty much always something going on in the exosphere and beyond that’s worthy of your attention. … [Read more...]