A derecho storm is similar to a tornado in that it can be just as damaging, powerful, and deadly. See how a derecho wind storm is different from a tornado — plus photos from derecho storms.
Have you ever wondered where to get the best information regarding the weather or what it's like to be a meteorologist? Here you'll find expert information about weather events and conditions that can affect you and how to understand and prepare for Mother Nature's ever-changing weather patterns.
Did you know it can snow when it’s above freezing outside? See why this happens, the highest temperature for snow, and the temperature at which snow melts. Lots of cool winter weather science here!
Have you noticed how different the 4 weather seasons are across the United States? The seasons are definitely NOT the same everywhere! It depends on where you live. See when spring starts, when summer starts, when fall starts, when winter starts this year.
Hurricanes are major storms with sustained winds of at least 74 mph and form over oceans. Hurricane Categories are used to estimate potential property damage — on a scale from 1 to 5. See what each of the 5 categories means — in terms of maximum wind speeds and the specific types of damage you can expect to see.
Have you heard about a major storm being declared the next Category 6 hurricane? That’s fake news! There are only 5 official hurricane categories. See why Category 6 hurricanes don’t exist.
A snow squall is a sudden, heavy snowstorm that doesn’t last very long. It’s similar to a blizzard with massive snowfall, strong wind gusts, and whiteout conditions — but it only occurs for a relatively brief time and appears in relatively small areas at a time. With a snow squall, the snow accumulation may or may not be significant. The wind and blowing snow that move through so quickly are the trademark signs of a snow squall.
Wondering the difference between partly cloudy and mostly sunny? Or mostly cloudy and partly sunny? Here are the official definitions for all forms of cloud coverage in the sky, according to the National Weather Service.
See how to interpret dew point & relative humidity numbers that you see on weather reports. Here’s how they relate to the heat index (the “feels like” temp).
Years ago, many climate scientists talked about global cooling, yet today they discuss global warming. Here’s some of the science behind the climate debate.
Find out how and why El Nino forms, what it means for our climate, the type of weather it brings, and how it affects us in ways you might not even realize.