Tell The Kids! NORAD Tracks Santa On Christmas Eve

Did you know that NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa Claus on Christmas Eve!Yes, dear old Saint Nick has been tracked on NORAD's radar screens ever since the 1950s... and the story behind NORAD's tracking of Santa Claus will captivate the heart!Let's find out more about why NORAD tracks Santa and what else this vital agency does to protect our nation and even help in producing weather forecasts. Why NORAD Tracks SantaThe historic timeline of … [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...]

How The Jet Stream Influences Weather

You've probably heard about the jet stream, but maybe you aren't exactly sure what a jet stream does.Jet streams play a very important part in determining the type of weather we have.They're currents of wind which meander in the atmosphere 20,000 to 30,000 feet or more above the ground.If you watch your local weather forecast, you'll likely see the jet stream represented as a blue ribbon across the weather map.Because jet streams can drive the weather, meteorologists attempt to … [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...]

Ice Crystals Beautify The Sky With Sun Dogs, Halos, & Sun Pillars

Ice crystals do a lot more than give cirrus clouds wispy tails. Ice crystals are responsible for some beautiful and colorful light shows in the sky.Sometimes (especially in the winter), you can look up in the sky near sunrise or sunset and see bands of color in the clouds. These bands of color are caused by ice crystals, which can bend light and create spectrums of color not unlike those seen in a rainbow.While the ice crystal displays are not rainbows, the colors can be just as … [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...]

10 Tips For Making Flood Cleanup Safer & Easier

Because floods can be caused by all kinds of weather situations, including: Hurricanes Severe storms Spring snow melts So, it's important to brush up your knowledge on a topic many of us must deal with at one time or another: flood cleanup. … [Read more...]

Take These Fun Weather Quiz Tests To See How Much You Know About The Weather

Are you ready to test your knowledge of the weather?It's time to flex your brain with these fun-but-challenging weather quiz tests.Some of these may just have you scratching your head!Air Pressure Quiz - 5 questions about air pressure as it pertains to the weather. Causes of Climate Change Quiz - Do you know what causes climate change? Climate Quiz - 6 questions to test your knowledge about weather and the climate. Clouds Quiz - 5 questions relating to clouds and cloud … [Read more...]