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Components Of A Super Cell Thunderstorm
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...

Types Of Lightning
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and...

Basic Understanding Of A Weather Map
2012-05-10 09:20:01

Weather maps can hand drawn or computerized. Weather products are distributed to the public for their awareness.. A blue H on a weather map stands for high pressure. If your location is on the eastern side of this blue H you can expect to see partly cloudy skies and light winds. If you are on the western side of the blue H it is possible to see mostly cloudy skies along with precipitation and...

Places To Shelter Yourself From A Tornado
2012-05-10 09:04:42

One of the worst places to be during a tornado is in a mobile home. Statistics show that tornadoes have a higher percentage of hitting such areas. If you are in a mobile home, the best thing to do is get out and head towards a low lying ditch. Place a blanket over your head to protect yourself from flying debris. If there is basement in your home, go there. Get in the middle of the room...

Tornado Hits Town Northeast Of Tokyo Japan May 5 2012
2012-05-10 08:24:20

Typically when you think of tornadoes you think of the Plains of the United States. Japan does get tornadoes but most are associated with Tropical Activity. On May 5th 2012, the storm which produced this tornado was not associated with a Typhoon. It was more of a super-cell type thunderstorm. Videos and images available shown the tornado had a wide base. The damage left behind indicates that...

Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
2012-03-22 18:45:25

The Band-rumped Storm Petrel, (Oceanodroma castro), also known as the Madeiran Storm Petrel or Harcourt’s Storm Petrel, is a species of storm petrel in the family Hydrobatidae. It is found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Atlantic, these include the Azores and Madeira; in the Pacific, the Galapagos Islands. This bird is about 7.5 to 8.25 inches long with a 17-...

Heat Lightning
2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of...

Vortex
2009-07-18 15:30:33

A Vortex (plural: vortices) is a spinning, often turbulent, mass of flowing fluid. Any spiral movement with a closed streamline is considered vortex flow. The speed and rate of rotation of a vortex is always greatest at the center, with progressively decreasing speed away from the center. The fluid pressure is lowest in the center of the vortex, and rises further from the center (Bernoulli's...

Wind shear
2009-07-18 14:50:11

Wind Shear (windshear, wind gradient) is described as difference in wind speed and direction over a short distance in the atmosphere. Wind shear is broken down into vertical and horizontal components. Horizontal wind shear is seen across weather fronts and near coastal regions. A vertical wind shear is found near the surface, or at upper levels of the atmosphere. Wind shear is a meteorological...

Raining Animals
2009-07-06 17:32:34

Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon, although there have been occurrences reported from many countries throughout history. It is believed that this phenomenon occurs at least occasionally when strong winds that are traveling over water pick up live debris (fish, frogs, etc.) and carry them up to several miles depositing them over land. Though this is one theory, it has never...