Quantcast

Latest Cyclogenesis Stories

Weather Education Episode #5:  How Are Waterspouts Different From Tornadoes?
2012-04-02 08:30:29

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly First, it is important to know that waterspouts occur over water only, and when they reach the coastline they quickly dissolve. But why? That question can be answered by looking more into detail of what makes up a water spout. First, a waterspout comes from two types of clouds, the first being a towering cumulus cloud. The second cloud is the cumulus-nimbus cloud. Next, a water spout is created by the upward motion of water being pulled from a...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
Related