7 Cool Facts About Unseasonably Warm Chinook Winds And How Chinooks Affect The Weather

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If you live in the Great Plains or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you probably are quite familiar with Chinook winds. Also known as a Foehn – or Fohn wind – Chinooks are a type of dry, warm winter wind that commonly occurs on the downslope, or lee side, of a mountain. A Chinook wind occurs when warm air that has lost most of its moisture on the windward side of a slope slides down the leeward side. … [Read more...]

How To Measure Wind Damage From Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Other Storms


Wind damage – its dramatic impacts are sometimes the first images we see following a hurricane, tornado, or strong thunderstorm. Fortunately, meteorologists are doing an incredible job at improving forecasting methods so homeowners, municipal leaders, and emergency officials can prepare for storms ahead of time and potentially prevent wind damage. In my Florida city, for example, hurricane season always means city and county code enforcement officials are out in strong numbers inspecting … [Read more...]

What Is A Microburst? See How Microbursts Are Different From Tornadoes


Have you ever experienced a microburst? You would have probably thought you were in a tornado if you ever had been, since microbursts are strong, sudden blasts of winds that can exceed 160 miles per hour. While the microbursts I have experienced weren’t as destructive as the typical tornado would be, they can still be an alarming event -- especially when they spur young trees to suddenly genuflect toward the ground and cause yard furniture to make a tumbling 30-yard dash to the … [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...]

5 Dangerous and Costly Hurricane Facts and Myths Debunked

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There are many myths about hurricanes, but the facts behind these storms could make the difference between life and death if you live by any of the common misnomers about one of Mother Nature’s most powerful types of storms. Many hurricane facts and myths circle about in every day pop culture. I myself even used to believe some of these myths. However, I grew up in Florida, one of the most hurricane-prone states in the country. So, I quickly learned that many of the things I heard about … [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...]

Using An Anemometer To Measure Wind Speed

When meteorologists and weather bugs measure the wind, they use an anemometer. An anemometer is a device that can very accurately gauge how quickly the wind is moving. Anemometers come in various shapes and sizes, but in most cases they are comprised of 3 or 4 small cups attached sideways to a carousel that spins with the wind. The cups catch the wind as it passes by, and sensors in the anemometer detect the wind speed based on how many revolutions or how quickly the cups make. Some … [Read more...]

Hurricane Shutters & Hurricane Windows: How They’re Different From Standard Windows And Shutters

Retrofitting your existing home or building a new one with the aim of resisting hurricane-force winds can be an expensive but worthy endeavor. One area many homeowners are especially prudent to focus on improving the durability of their windows and protecting windows and doorways from high winds and flying debris. The best way to ensure protection against brutally high winds is to install hurricane shutters and hurricane windows. But what's the difference between hurricane shutters and … [Read more...]

Ways You Can Fortify Your House To Make It A Hurricane-Safe Home

Hurricanes have the power to destroy homes and businesses with power sustained winds of more 74 miles per hour or more. However, you can have the power to restrict hurricane damage to your home by building a hurricane-safe home. Fortified construction has long been used in places like Florida, where hurricanes are a threat throughout hurricane season.   Hurricane-Safe Rooms Versus Hurricane Safe Homes Commonly seen today are hurricane safe rooms -- concrete bunkers that … [Read more...]