Ice Quakes, Ice Booms & Other Mysterious Winter Weather Phenomena… Should We Be Worried?


Have you heard a loud boom outside recently? If you're experiencing extremely cold winter weather, then you might be hearing ice quakes -- also called frost quakes. What's an ice quake? Scientifically known as a cryoseism, an ice quake (or frost quake) is a rare but surprising phenomenon that is caused when water seeps into the ground and then quickly freezes and expands, cracking the ground around it. … [Read more...]

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...]

4 Sizzling Facts About Summer Weather That May Surprise You!


Down in Florida, where I live, we seem to have summer weather for about 8 months out of the year. My friends up north say they’re lucky if they see any signs of summer for more than a few weeks at a time. Of course, no matter where you live in the United States, sooner or later, hot, summer weather will find you -- even if only for a short period of time. But when exactly is summer? What causes summer weather? And what's up with those "dog days" of summer? … [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...]

10 Exosphere Facts: The Transition Between The Atmosphere And Outer Space


At roughly 300 miles from sea level to the top of the thermosphere, the bulk of Earth’s atmosphere is relatively thin compared to the 8,000-mile diameter of our planet. At the very top of the atmosphere is the exosphere, which is usually considered as the lower boundary of interplanetary space. The exosphere is a relatively mysterious place, at least compared to the lower layers of our atmosphere. Considering that we live in the troposphere, and that 3 other atmospheric layers divide us … [Read more...]

What Are Sun Spots? (The Kinds The Sun Gets – Not Your Skin!)


What are sun spots? No, I'm not talking about those flat gray or brown skin spots we get as we age, also called sunspots. I'm referring to dark spots that pop up on the sun. The sun may look pretty peaceful from 93 million miles away, but if you were to get a little closer to it, not only would you likely end up charbroiled, you'd also see that the sun is actually a very active place indeed. From streams of particles in solar wind to massive solar flares, the sun is literally the … [Read more...]

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


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...]

5 Tips On Using A Home Weather Station


Using a home weather station can be fun and educational. For those in agriculture, boating, and aviation, using a home weather station can be a vital part of day-to-day life. Whether you're reporting observations to local weather clubs or just keeping track of weather patterns for your own recreation, a home weather station is an important and informational tool to have on hand. Let's look at some tips to help you get the most out of using a home weather station.   Using A Home … [Read more...]

Like Meteorology? Become An Amateur Meteorologist

Some people are true weather bugs. Not only do they enjoy monitoring and studying weather, they actually want to be meteorologists. While being a bona fide atmospheric scientist usually requires getting a college degree and meteorological certification, there are plenty of people who bypass the formal education usually expected of today's professional meteorologists. Instead, they train themselves in meteorology to become skilled amateur meteorologists. Becoming An Amateur … [Read more...]