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2012-04-23 03:00:24

Red Orbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly In this lesson we will look at different components of a thunderstorm. The first is the thunder which is the audio shockwave that is released just after a flash of lightning occurs. There is a rule of thumb that if you count the seconds after a flash of lightning to the sound of thunder you can determine how far away the thunderstorm is. For example if you count 5 seconds after a flash of lighting to the sound of thunder this would tell you the...

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...

What Kind Of Cloud Is That?
2012-03-19 04:55:14

RedOrbit.com Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Have you ever looked up in the sky and wondered what all those different types of clouds actually are? Well to be exact there is a cloud for every type of weather event. When high pressure is to the east of a viewing place, the most common types of clouds to find are the Cumulus family of clouds. There are several types of cumulus clouds ranging from Cumulus — which have the appearance of small marshmallows — to the  middle...

2008-07-25 15:00:40

Some saw a funnel cloud over Barrington Beach, while others saw a water spout on Narragansett Bay. No matter what you saw, it was a small tornado that touched down and tore through Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed yesterday. A service team spotted the waterspout forming off Rumstick Point in Barrington at 4 p.m. Wednesday. With powerful wind speeds of 65 to 75 mph, the tornado moved swiftly onto land toward the southern part...


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Cumulus Clouds And Their Development
2012-07-16 11:04:21

Cumulus clouds are white in appearance and are formed when warm moist air near the earth’s surface is forced aloft by day time heating. Cumulus clouds are usually associated with nice weather, however if they continue to grow and get more moisture and instability with them they can turn into Towering Cumulus and CB clouds which would change the weather to increase the chance of seeing thunderstorms. Cumulus clouds are typically associated with being found ahead of the cold front and also...

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