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The Story And News Behind This Past Weekends Derecho June
2012-07-02 08:00:47

This past weekend we saw a massive line of storms impact large areas of the country from Iowa to Maryland in what is known as a Derecho. What is a Derecho? The best way to define this weather feature is by describing a large mass of t-storms combining together to form an elongated region of storms which can create intense surface winds that can blow in excess of 60mph reaching well into the 100...

The Great Lakes And Their Impact On The Weather
2012-07-23 08:58:48

The Great lakes have a huge impact in the weather for the cities that are near the lakes. In the fall and early winter months the lakes can create intense snowfall events known as “Lake Effect Snow”. The reason that this occurs has to do with the water temps of the lakes and also the temps of the air that is moving across them. When an Alberta Clipper system forms in Canada and moves...

Types of Clouds
2012-07-19 17:40:55

The above cloud is known as a towering cumulus cloud or TCU for short. TCU clouds are a form of cumulus clouds. They are the second stage of the cumulus family. The thing that makes these clouds unique is the vertical extent of them. They can extend very high into the atmosphere and sometimes they form in multiple rows. Towering Cumulus clouds can bring waterspouts when they are over the open...

Tornado Impacts During The Different Phases Of Weather
2012-07-17 22:06:23

Taking a look at Austin and within 50miles of the local area we can see the impacts that different phases of weather have on the tornado statistics of the region. 2000 was a La-Nina phase and it was a fairly strong phase, which lead to the 12 tornadoes within 50miles of Austin and also one EF-2 was part of the stats indicating that strong tornadoes are possible during a La-Nina in this...

Storm Damage In Northeast South Dakota
2012-06-18 19:17:29

On June 17, 2012 a line of strong storms began to develop around 5pm CDT. These storms started forming multiple funnel clouds with one confirmed tornado that hit near a small town called PeeverSD. The size of the tornado has not been confirmed yet. There is one report of damage of a pickup truck and trailer thrown into the ditch off the I-29 interstate. Also multiple houses have loss portions...

Tornado hits Perth Australia
2012-07-10 16:50:37

June 7, 2012: Perth Australia was hit by a tornado. Tornadoes occur anywhere in the world when the conditions are right and this is a great example of hitting in a unique location. When we think of tornadoes Australia is not the first place that comes to most of our minds. However, it is not uncommon for tornadoes to hit in Australia, they just don’t hit as often as in the United States....

Marine Time Tropical Air Mass
2012-07-05 11:07:28

Marine time tropical air mass is made up of moist and warm conditions. The warm air from the tropics and the moisture source of the ocean create this type of air mass. This air mass is responsible for creating a very moist and uncomfortable feeling during the summer months along the Gulf Coast of the United States. This air mass is at its strongest during the summer months. Marine time...

A Cold Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 21:09:52

Looking at our weather map above we can see a cold front moving through the states of Oklahoma and Kansas. The major thing about a cold front is the weather it can bring with it. The eastern side of the cold front provides two chances to receive precipitation. The first one is known as a squall line which usually forms some 50-150 miles ahead of the cold front. The squall line can be...

A Warm Front On The Weather Map
2012-06-18 16:42:53

If you look at our weather map above you see a warm front extending from Iowa into the Great Lakes region. What a warm front does is separate warm air from cool air. On the north side of the front the temps will be about 15-20 degrees cooler than on the south side of the front. The warm front is depicted on a weather map as having red half circles. The reason for using half circles it...

Hurricane Features
2012-05-22 10:04:25

Location A: This is known as the Eye or the center of the Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone. This region is highlighted by the potential for calm winds and also the fact that it’s possible to see the sun or moon during the night. It also gives people false sense that the storm may be done, when in fact it is only at the half way point. Location B: This region is known as feeder bands that outline...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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