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

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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...]

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

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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...]

What Is A Galileo Thermometer? How Do Galilean Thermometers Work?

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Looking for a great piece of art that can also tell you the temperature?If so, then a Galileo thermometer is exactly what you need.As a weather bug, I was quite excited to receive a Galilean thermometer as a Christmas gift.While Galileo thermometers measure indoor temperatures, they also make a fantastic complement to an indoor porthole barometer and/or a home weather station receiver.It’s sort of a lava lamp for weather geeks like me, I’d even say!  … [Read more...]

20 Fun Facts About Snow

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About the time fall starts turning into winter, most people in the United States begin trading in their leaf-gathering rakes for snow-scooping shovels.Yes, snow can be downright fun for some and complete misery for others, but when you learn the facts about snow, you may come to appreciate the science – and wonder – of wintry precipitation just a little bit more. Well, maybe...And, if you’re so inclined, you may even want to try a few tricks to make it snow just so you can catch a … [Read more...]

How Likely Is An Asteroid Impact Here On Earth?

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If you’ve seen movies such as Deep Impact and Armageddon, you’ve probably come to realize that an asteroid impact here on Earth would be an absolutely devastating event that could result in terrible loss of life and massive destruction on a scale unlike we have ever seen.But, have you ever wondered what the chances are that an asteroid would hit Earth and leave behind the catastrophic mayhem like we have seen in the movies?The scary reality is that Earth has been hit by massive asteroids … [Read more...]

Summer Pool Weather Forecast: Swimming Pool Water Illnesses

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A lot of people want to know what the pool weather forecast is shaping up like.Well, if we're talking about meteorological conditions, we can tell you the summer weather will be hot with a chance of autumn toward the end of the outlook. So, wear your sunblock!If, however, you want to know what the pool weather looks like – that is, the conditions of the pool water – things may not be quite so sunny.While the pool water may look nice and clear, it's what you can't see that should be … [Read more...]

Should We Be Naming Winter Storms? Why One Weather Watcher Thinks The Idea Is On Thin Ice

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There's been a flurry of attention lately about the move The Weather Channel has made on naming winter storms. The network, which has been on the air since 1982, has stood behind the move that has been getting frosty reviews by many.While as a Floridian I live in a state that is lucky if it sees a dusting of flurries once every couple of years, I am no stranger to the idea of naming storms. Do the names Andrew, Charley, or Donna ring a bell, anyone?Of course, here in Florida, we get … [Read more...]

Weather Clubs and Activities are Fun for All

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Weather clubs are a great venue for enjoying your love of meteorology and sharing your passion of the science with other people with similar interests. If you’re a weather bug like me, you’ve probably thought about the idea of joining a weather club but aren’t sure where they are, how to join, or what they are like.Of course, as is the case with virtually any type of club, weather clubs differ in terms of size, scope, and how often they convene. Many Online Weather Clubs … [Read more...]

Tracking the ISS (International Space Station) from Your Computer and in the Night Sky

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Tracking the ISS (International Space Station) is a fun activity that many backyard sky gazers will enjoy when the night sky is clear of clouds and the trajectory of the space station in your part of the world is just right.The ISS, which is a multi-national, modular space station that was planned and built over the course of several years during the 1990s and 2000s, orbits around Earth about 15 times per day.The orbiting ISS can be easily seen from ground as a bright, white dot slowly … [Read more...]