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...]

Hypercanes: Severe Hurricanes You Wouldn’t Want to Mess With


You know those severe hurricanes in the movies that wipe out entire cities, wash away beaches, and render millions of people homeless? The computers at Hollywood’s studios aren’t the only ones cooking these devastating storms – those at the desks of some weather scientists across the United States are, too. As a resident of Florida – you know, that spit of land in Hurricane Alley that eerily seems to break off the U.S. mainland and sink into an Atlantic abyss in every other potential … [Read more...]

What Climate Change Is & How It Impacts You

It's pretty hard to go more than a day or two and not hear the term climate change.We've gotten pretty used to hearing about climate change, but understanding what it really is and how it may impact you is another matter.Climate change has been a topic of discussion among scientists for decades now, though our understanding of climate change, how it works, and how it may be impacting us now or in the future is often up for debate.  … [Read more...]

Early Arrival Of New England Fall Colors: A Sign Of Climate Change?

New England fall colors are arriving in usual bold fashion in the mountain regions. But what does it mean when colorful fall foliage begins arriving early?  Is it a sign of climate change? While early fall color might seem like a thing of beauty, some scientists think it may be an indication that trees are responding to climate change. Changes in long-term weather patterns, such as very hot summers and drought, can cause stress in trees, and that can result in the appearance of early … [Read more...]

Saving Our Ozone Layer: Phasing Out R22 Air Conditioning Refrigerant, Incandescent Light Bulbs & More

Have you heard about the phase out of R22 air conditioning & the need for R22 replacement refrigerants (freon) lately? Well, here's what that's all about... it's called the Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol regulates substances that deplete the Earth's ozone layer -- like incandescent light bulbs and R22 freon.   R-22 is the refrigerant that has been most commonly used for decades in household air-conditioning systems, and the name is a reference to its chemical … [Read more...]

How The Clean Air Act Affects You

You've probably heard about the Clean Air Act for decades. The Clean Air Act is a set of laws the United States has on controlling air pollution and keeping checks on overall air quality. If you've been curious about finding out more about the many laws and codes of the Clean Air Act and how they may apply to you, where you live, or where you work, check out the EPA's Clean Air Act online. Everything you want to know about the Clean Air Act -- and more -- can be found there. Smoke from … [Read more...]

‘Year Without A Summer’ Occurred During The Little Ice Age

Climate change has been the focus of much attention since the 1990s. But climate change doesn't necessarily always refer to only warming trends. In fact, any type of major, long-term shifts in overall global weather patterns are indications of climate change. Global warming has been at the forefront of the climate change arena, but Earth has also undergone periods of cooling. Perhaps one of the most significant -- and recent -- periods of global cooling was the Little Ice Age.   … [Read more...]

Iceland’s Volcano May Affect Global Climate — Just Like Mount Pinatubo Did

Iceland's erupting volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, is putting enough volcanic ash and moisture in the air that it may potentially have affects on the global climate.This is especially true if neighboring volcanoes also erupt.While some volcanoes aren't powerful enough to really influence the global climate by blocking out sunlight at the higher levels of our atmosphere, it's volcanoes like Eyjafjallajokull that have scientists and meteorologists busy monitoring possible affects on our environment.The … [Read more...]