What To Do If Lightning Strikes Your Car

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Being on the road in a car while lightning is flashing all around me is something I don't think much about when it's happening, given that I was born and raised in Florida, a state historically known as the Lightning Capital of the World. But, I have always wondered what would happen if lightning were to hit my car while I was driving. How do I stay safe in that situation?I have grown up hearing that cars are generally a safe place to be during a thunderstorm, and that lightning really can’t … [Read more...]

Free Online Weather Calculators To Convert Weather Terms And Numbers Into Meaningful Information

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Need to convert degrees from Fahrenheit temperature to Celcius -- or vice versa?Are you looking for the Kelvin temperature?Wonder what the wind chill is outside?Or how close you are to lightning?The following online weather calculators are FREE!There are even some fun weather calculators in here -- like the Crickets Chirping Calculator. Did you know that you can tell the temperature by entering the number of cricket chirps you hear, and the season?Simply plug in the … [Read more...]

How Hot Is Lightning Temperature? The Answer May Shock You!

So, how hot is lightning?Believe it or not, lightning temperature readings are nearly off the charts.At around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, lightning is actually hotter than the surface of the sun! Lighting Fun Fact:  Around the world, lightning strikes about 1,000 times a second. Still, even if lightning hit your car, you will be safe, as long as you are protected within a fully enclosed vehicle (not a convertible or golf cart).Check out this video to see a single lightning … [Read more...]

What Is Heat Lightning?

You've probably seen heat lightning -- those far off flickers of light miles away up in the clouds.But did you know that heat lightning is really just ordinary lightning that is too far away for you to hear thunder from?True!Lightning doesn't ordinarily travel well beyond 10 to 12 miles, but you can easily see lightning flashes up in the clouds from over 50 miles away. That's why you can't always hear thunder when you see heat lightning.So why do we call it heat lightning? The answer is … [Read more...]

5 Tips That’ll Help You Prevent A Summer Storm From Ruining Your Vacation

Don't let a summer storm ruin your vacation!Heating in the summer time often means thunderstorms pop up in the afternoon hours.While the rain is often welcome relief from hot temperatures, it can dampen your day while you are on vacation, camping, or spending a day at a theme park.5 Tips For Avoiding Getting Caught In A Summer Storm: Theme park rides, golf courses, and resort swimming pools normally close down when lightning is within 5 to 10 miles -- enjoy these recreation hotspots … [Read more...]

Stay Safe This Summer With A Lightning Detector

Lightning is dangerous, injuring and even killing people every year.One way that you can stay safe when you're outdoors and lightning is approaching is to keep a lightning detector on your person at all times.They're small and lightweight enough that they're simple to carry around. Most fit right in the palm of your hand!The best part about lightning detectors is the fact that they can let you know when lightning is within 5, 10, even 40 miles of where you are!If you're a golfer, … [Read more...]

Avoid That Squall Line! It’ll Bring Rain, Lightning, Heavy Wind & Other Severe Weather

What's a squall line? You've probably seen plenty -- squall lines are long lines of severe weather that most often precede cold fronts. A squall line can approach from the horizon with a line of low-hanging, dark clouds. Squall lines often move very quickly. If you see one coming, be sure to take cover quickly. After all, squall lines are notorious for producing heavy rain, hail, high winds, lightning, and tornadoes. Check out this video of a powerful squall line:     … [Read more...]

St. Elmo’s Fire: An Awesome Weather Phenomenon (& Rad 1980s Movie)

You don't have to be a man in motion or need a pair of wheels to understand what St. Elmo's Fire is.No, I'm not talking about the popular 1985 movie of the same name starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Demi Moore.I'm talking about the startling weather phenomena that can bring flames to the tops of grounded objects during thunderstorms!An example of the St. Elmo's Fire weather phenomenon is seen in this video: Named by sailors who witnessed the flames on the sails and … [Read more...]

April Showers Really Do Bring May Flowers!

April showers bring May flowers… Famous words which indeed state meteorological fact!Spring rain showers are the warm weather equivalent of the winter snow fall that blankets towns, cities, and country sides during the cold parts of the year.April showers nourish the blooming flowers and growing plants during the spring and herald the onset of rebirth that occurs throughout the nation -- as the cold of winter gives way to the warmth of the spring and summer.   … [Read more...]