You Want Tornado Facts? Here Are 20 Interesting Things About Tornadoes I Bet You Didn’t Know

Tornado Facts

Knowing some basic tornado facts can help keep you safe during the months of spring and early summer, when tornadoes are most common in many areas of the United States. That's when tornado season is at its peak, though twisters can occur any time during the year.  Tornadoes are complex weather phenomena, as are the storms that produce them. There's much about tornadoes that meteorologists are still trying to understand about them so they can better forecast when and where they'll … [Read more...]

Ice Quakes, Ice Booms & Other Mysterious Winter Weather Phenomena… Should We Be Worried?

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Have you heard a loud boom outside recently? If you're experiencing extremely cold winter weather, then you might be hearing ice quakes -- also called frost quakes. What's an ice quake? Scientifically known as a cryoseism, an ice quake (or frost quake) is a rare but surprising phenomenon that is caused when water seeps into the ground and then quickly freezes and expands, cracking the ground around it. … [Read more...]

Chemtrails & Cloud Seeding: The Scientific Reasons For Airplane Vapor Trails & Artificial Precipitation

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It seems like people are talking a lot about chemtrails these days. Chemtrail: "a visible trail left in the sky by an aircraft and believed by some to consist of chemical or biological agents released as part of a covert operation." ~ Oxford Dictionary Most people usually also want to know what cloud seeding is and if the two concepts are related. Is any of the chemtrail conspiracy true? Just what is cloud seeding? And what else is going on up in the sky that we should know … [Read more...]

What Is Lake Effect Snow & How Does It Form?

Lake Effect Snow

If you live anywhere in the Great Lakes area of the United States, then lake effect snow is something you likely experience throughout the colder parts of the year. Lake effect snow is most common among the eastern and southern shorelines of the Great Lakes, which include Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior -- names often memorized by the popular mnemonic "HOMES." The combination of the warm water temperatures along with the much colder air blowing in … [Read more...]

What Is A Polar Vortex & Why All The Hype?

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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!

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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

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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...]