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


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


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

Fun With Snow Crystals, Snowflakes & Falling Snow

Winter brings cold temperatures, ice, and -- yes -- lots of snow to most people living in the United States.So what do you do with all the white stuff cold weather sends your way?Have fun with it!Let's look at the many ways you can have fun with snow crystals. Find Pure Delight With Snow Crystals!If you're faced with having to shovel 3 feet of snow off your driveway, you're probably laughing at the idea that one can have much fun with snow.Of course, ridding the … [Read more...]

5 Facts About The Storm Of The Century

If you're of a certain age and you lived anywhere on the East Coast in the mid 1990s, you remember the Storm of the Century. However, if you don't recall the event or simply weren't affected, you may not know what all the hype about the storm really is about. Well, here are some facts about the Storm of the Century, which hit back in March 1993, that'll remind you why this storm was such a big deal: 270 people died, and 48 people went missing. The storm hit both The United States and … [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...]

Why Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) Are So Important

If you're like many, sea surface temperatures may not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking about weather.However, sea surface temperatures are one of the most important elements to consider when talking about the weather.Why?Because sea surface temperatures (SSTs, for shorthand) play a vital role in controlling the kind of weather that we experience.Did you know that SSTs can even be a driving force behind such weather phenomena as hurricanes and winter … [Read more...]

Dramatic Climate Change Pictures Show A Glacier Melting In Montana

Climate change is underway, and there are some more photos out to show it. Glacier National Park in Montana got its name from the glacial cover the mountains and hills in the park. Over the years, scientists, park rangers, and visitors have all seen the glaciers in retreat. MSNBC ran a major story on Glacier National Park and its retreating glaciers, and in the article published two photos of glacial coverage on a mountain. One photo is from 1913. The other from 2005. The differences … [Read more...]