31 Deadly Weather Facts + A List Of The Most Dangerous Weather Events

May 22, 2011

I love finding interesting weather facts. The ones that I'm going to share with you in this post (unfortunately) have nothing to do with pretty rainbows, awesome sun dogs, amazing clouds, or beautiful sunsets. These facts cover some of the most dangerous and deadly weather conditions that many of us face each year. I'm talking about rain, snow, cold snaps, heat waves, lightning, hail, strong winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other deadly forces of nature! … [Read more...]

What Is Lake Effect Snow & How Does It Form?

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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...]

Alberta Clipper Snow Storms: What You Need To Know About Alberta Clippers In The Winter

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You've probably heard of an Alberta clipper before. While Los Angeles also has 'clippers,' those are the kind that are more likely to make a 3-point shot on the basketball court than dump snow in the winter, like the clippers from Alberta do. You see, Alberta clippers are a type of winter storm system that usually forms over Alberta, Canada. Clipper winter storms are also known to form in the other lower Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. These are called Manitoba … [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...]

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...]

4 Tips for Getting Your Roof Gutters Ready for Spring Snowmelt

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Your roof gutters may have been designed to handle rainfall, but if you live in the northern climes, your gutter system may also have to handle winter storms and the subsequent melting snow. While the amount of snowmelt you experience will differ from year to year, melting snow nevertheless always poses hazards to you and your home. From falling ice that can damage your car to black ice that can form on the ground below your roof's drip line and cause potentially serious injuries, snowmelt … [Read more...]

Winter Storms Facts and Info Revealed

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If you’re like many people seeking facts and info on winter storms, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of information out there on blizzards, nor’easters, clippers, and the other types of winter storm phenomena that take place every winter. As a weather buff myself, studying winter storm patterns intrigues me. But it definitely requires having to sort out tons of facts and info to better understand winter storms and the often blinding fury they can unleash. My goal as a … [Read more...]