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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...

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...


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2012-05-21 08:09:58

So what makes a super cell thunderstorm so special? It is the way that they are made and what it takes for them occur. It takes three types of air coming together to form these monster cells. The first is the warm moist air rising in from the Gulf of Mexico. Second is the drier air moving in from the desert southwest and the third is the cold air coming in from the Rockies. When all three of these air masses collide we see the increasing chance of a super cell thunderstorm to develop. The...

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  • A spider.
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'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.'
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