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.
For the first time ever, I decided to stay in a hurricane shelter. Here’s why I did and what I’ve learned about staying at an emergency shelter during a storm. Plus expert tips to help you decide whether you should stay put at home or evacuate in a hurricane.
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.
Fun Halloween costume ideas for a weatherman (or a weatherman wannabee). Think along these lines: hurricane, sun, flood, mother nature, global warming, earth day, hail, clouds, snow globe, el nino, weatherman, tsunami, rain, snow, mother earth, blizzard, lightning, wind, stormy weather, rainbow, tornado, weather forecast, snowman, snowflake, wind turbine and solar panel costume ideas!
Do you pay attention to the hurricane forecast each year? There are 5 important new storm forecast changes for hurricane season. See what the changes are, why they were made, and how they affect you.
A storm surge is the bulge of water that rises under a hurricane or tropical storm when it makes landfall. Flooding causes the most damage. How to stay safe.
The most dangerous weather events are lightning, tornadoes, winter storms, extreme heat & floods. These 31 deadly weather facts prove it! Protect yourself.
Is a sandstorm the same as a dust storm? How & where do sandstorms occur? What does all the sand that gets blown away during a sand storm go? Answers here!
Live in the Great Plains or Pacific Northwest? You know about Chinook winds! Chinooks occur on the lee side of a mountain & cause dramatically warmer weather.
Wind damage can be caused by many types of weather storms, including hurricanes and tornadoes. Here are the types of scales that meteorologists and other weather scientists use to measure winds from storms, plus how they measure the damage that is sustained.
What is the difference between a microburst and tornado? While both pack a strong punch, they are two very different types of weather phenomena. In this article, you will learn how they differ from each other, how microbursts, and many other exciting facts.
Hypercanes are the most severe hurricanes that could ever form. Just how high could the winds of such a mega hurricane be? The answer might blow your socks off!
I used to believe some of these myths, too. 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 hurricanes were in fact myths that could be quickly dispelled by facts that have been proven by scientific research and studies.
Want to know what the wind chill is outside? Or how close you are to lightning? These online weather calculators are FREE! There are even some FUN ones 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 numbers you know and these weather calculators do the rest to help you discover the information you need.
Here are 5 tips to help you install and use a home weather station.
An anemometer is used for measuring wind speed.
Hurricane shutters and hurricane windows provide two key ways to save your home from damage to hurricane-force winds.
Making a hurricane safe home is perhaps the best way to keep you and your family safe when the weather gets rough.
Hurricane wind can do damage even when the center of the storm is offshore or a great distance from you. Check out how strong winds must be to qualify as hurricane strength and the planes they’re now using to conduct hurricane research.
A squall line can produce heavy rain, hail, lightning, strong wind, and tornadoes.
Wind is one of the most important aspects of weather that those involved in the Gulf oil spill cleanup may be most concerned with. If the ocean currents play out like computer models suggest, the oil spill effects could reach the eastern United States — the Atlantic coastline — very soon.
Snowicane, snowpocalypse, and snowmageddon are all words to describe the big snow blizzard that struck the United States. Perhaps those words are nothing more than hype, but one thing’s for sure: more snow storms are a sign of global warming
Dust storms are caused by wind sweeping up dry soil. These dust storms can move massive amounts of debris for hundreds of miles and cause tremendous devastation.
Fog and smog may sound like similar words, but they mean 2 very different things. Fog is caused by various condensation, temperature, and wind combinations. Smog pollution is the soupy, dangerous result of what happens when pollutants get trapped in the air.
A tropical depression is an area of tropical weather that’s stormy, centralized, can pack winds up to 38 miles per hour, and can often become a stronger system like a tropical storm, hurricane, or typhoon.
When we talk about wind, we are talking about more than just moving air. In fact, the wind direction, the wind speed, and where the wind occurs are all important things to understand when talking about wind.
Fabric storm panels are an effective alternative to plywood and metal when preparing your home for an attack by a hurricane. Be sure you start preparing for NEXT hurricane season now!
A cold front is a boundary area between warm air and cooler air. See how the wind changes, temperature changes, and weather changes overall during a cold front.
A tornado room — or safe room — is built inside your home, while a tornado shelter is separate from the home and can either be built underground or above ground. Both rooms and shelters can protect you from winds up to 250 mph and from flying objects moving at 100 mph. By the way, it’s the missile-like flying objects that are the most dangerous effect of tornadoes!
Here we explain the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, including the different intensities of tornado damage — from F1 to F5 — and what you can expect. Plus how to stay safe during a tornado
Remember, those who are least affected by bad weather are those who plan ahead and are prepared for it. After all, you know it’s coming. Maybe not today, but it will come! Here’s how to be prepared in the event of you lose electricity at your home after a bad storm.
Are you looking for a good and affordable rain gauge. Here’s a look at some of the gauges available here on the web.
Perspective is a funny thing! The ‘beauty’ of snow if very much a matter of perspective, and here’s a funny story highlighting that fact…
Ever wonder what all of those numbers and symbols on weather maps mean? Here’s what you need to know and how to read a weather map…
Do you want to track the big thunderstorms just like the pros? You can using the links found here!
You MUST have a NOAA Weather Radio. You simply MUST. Here’s why, plus the best weather radios to choose from.
Strong wind can make a cold day feel even colder by robbing heat from the human body. Here’s the formula used by the National Weather Service and a link to the wind chill calculator.
Here are some tips to help you get prepared in the event cold weather rudely barges in to your neighborhood. Here, you’ll find everything from tips to stay warm, to a list of links to online stores selling cold weather gear.
Kids can have a lot of fun learning about weather and the power of nature. Children can learn from respected sources about Hurricanes and tornadoes… weather safety and emergency procedures… and everything in between!
On clear nights, the International Space Station is often visible to the naked eye. Follow the step by step directions in this story to watch humans in space!
Where are the coldest places on earth? One of the cold spots is closer to home than you might think!
It may seem like common knowledge to most Americans, but a few southerners have no experiences with things like Snow Drifts. So, for the drift impaired, here’s a quick explainer.
What is Hoarfrost and why does it form? WeathermanTim takes a look at a process called sublimation, something which can lead to a beautiful morning!
Do you know the differences between low pressure vs high pressure in terms of the weather? Here’s a detailed explanation of each…
Wind blows because of differences in air pressure or pressure gradient. The bigger the gradient, the stronger the wind. Here’s more about why the wind blows…
Here are the best instructions I could find for making temporary roof repairs in the event that a storm — like a hurricane or tornado — has crossed paths with your house. See how to fix your damaged roof using a tarp and some boards.